Yesterday, I made the case for why the DFL may lose ground in 2014. For my DFL friends who are now out on the ledge staring into the inky abyss, here are five reasons to not jump. Yet.
DFL Has A Broader Base. Minnesota is a fairly solid blue state these days. According a recent Public Policy Polling survey, there are significantly more Minnesotans who say they are Democrats (38%) than Republicans (27%). That’s a big reason why the polls show that DFL state legislators have a significantly better, though not good, approval rating (36% approve) than Republican state legislators (23% approve). It also probably explains why the DFL starts the campaign season ahead in generic head-to-head races, with a generic DFL candidate preferred by a six point margin (47% for the generic DFLer and 41% for the generic Republican). Again, the DFL’s seasonal voters have to be energized get off the proverbial couch to vote in a non-presidential year, but an average DFL legislative candidates does start the race with a significantly broader base than their Republican opponents. That’s a big deal. Continue reading