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Thu May 16, 2019, 02:10 PM

How Amy Klobuchar fared in Trump country

After cruising to a third term in the 2018 midterm elections earlier this month, DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is receiving a lot of attention from national media and political prognosticators as a potential presidential candidate in 2020.

Much of the buzz stems from her performance in parts of Minnesota where other Democrats running for statewide office struggled. Here is a look at how Klobuchar outperformed Gov.-elect Tim Walz and U.S. Sen. Tina Smith in precincts won by President Donald Trump in 2016.

Consider that about 3,000 of Minnesota's 4,120 election precincts voted for Donald Trump in 2016. This year Klobuchar won about 1,250 of those including many in the Twin Cities suburbs, along with conservative areas in rural Minnesota and regional centers like St. Cloud.

By contrast, DFL Gov.-elect Tim Walz won fewer than 500 Trump precincts including much of the Iron Range and swaths of southern Minnesota, which he represented in Congress for 12 years. In many areas, voters split their tickets, supporting Klobuchar while also voting for Smith's and Walz's Republican opponents.


Interesting maps at the link.

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