As the dust settles and the woulda-coulda-shouldas emerge, one professor opines that Minnesota’s electoral votes were within Mitt Romney’s grasp, if only he would have worked harder to win the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Although Minnesota hasn’t gone for a Republican in a presidential race since Richard Nixon in 1972, University of Minnesota Professor Larry Jacobs is baffled why Romney didn’t invest more in Minnesota, notes an article in the Star-Tribune:
“There was a lot of talk about Romney closing and building momentum in the state,” Jacobs said. “The big question that’s going to be asked of the Romney campaign in Minnesota is why did they wait so long and why didn’t they invest in people on the ground. If you look at the numbers, President Bush was within 3 points or less when he ran in 2000 and 2004. He really competed for the state, and this is a state where we’ve had Republican governors, Republican senators, a Republican Legislature up until tonight. So Republicans can do well here. It’s just a mystery as to why Romney didn’t invest. I think it was a bad judgment on his part.”