Minnesotans seem to like their governors young
Smart Politics, over at the Humphrey Institute, is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to parsing data in an effort to figure out who Minnesotans might next elect governor, now that Tim Pawlenty has focused his attention elsewhere. Its latest number crunch shows that in the state's 64 gubernatorial races, the younger candidate won the day more than 70 percent of the time.
Those kind of numbers may bode well Republican Marty Seifert, 37, who's the youngest candidate to enter the 2010 race so far. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, at 41, is the youngest DFler. Of course if she wins. she'll be the first woman governor in the state's history.
Another interesting piece of political trivia: From 1915, when Republican J. A. A. Burnquist took office, until Reform Party upstart Jesse Ventura was elected, 17 of 18 Minnesota governors were either of full or partial Scandinavian ancestry. It doesn't hurt being a Virgo or a Cancer, either.
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