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One by one on election night in 2016, Minnesota’s neighboring Midwestern states turned red, including
Minnesota’s progressive streak struck
“We are kind of outliers in the Midwest in politics, laws and practices,” she said. “I was curious how that came to be?”
The answer is a mix of history, culture and shifting demographics.
A politically shrewd merger between the Democratic Party and the more left-wing
The party united the labor movement, from urban trade workers to rural miners, with farmers and brought about a new generation of prominent liberal state leaders.
Among them was
“You had the partnership of the charismatic ideologue and this organizational genius, and that really gave the DFL a good institutional foundation,” said
But in recent years, demographic changes and shifts in the opposition party have also been a factor, Schier added. The
The population in
Today, DFLers hold every statewide office in
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