Coffee & CREam: What the heck happened on Election Day?

November 17, 2016 at 11:26 am


With a packed house and lots of new faces, our first ever Coffee & CREam event on Nov. 10 provided great insight into the election and its possible implications. Hosted by Todd Rapp of Himle Rapp and Company, the event showcased speakers Joe Davis of Alliance for a Better Minnesota and John Rouleau of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition, two of our state’s most powerful independent expenditure groups.

Once again, Minnesota led the nation in voter turnout (74.7%) according to Rapp. Though the speakers joked that no analysts were proud of their predictions, they highlighted ongoing trends that accelerated in this election, such as the shift toward conservative voting in the Iron Range and the concentration of the Democratic voters in urban areas. In the presidential race, Rapp noted that Donald Trump won 79 out of 87 Minnesota counties, receiving the most votes of any GOP candidate in state history (1.32 million). On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton had the lowest margin of victory since Walter Mondale in 1984. The presidential vote also saw the highest percentage of third-party or write-in candidates since Ross Perot in 1992.

Davis and Rouleau also touched on the unique election results in Washington, Dakota and suburban Hennepin counties, where split ticket voting returned with a vengeance.  For example, Republican congressional candidate Jason Lewis defeated Democrat Angie Craig even though State Senate Democrats carried six of the nine seats that are primarily in the 2nd Congressional District. Republican Eric Paulsen carried his 3rd Congressional District seat by nearly 14 points despite Hillary Clinton carrying the district by nine.

Davis and Rouleau also spoke briefly on the tax bill and tax policy. With a Republican-controlled state legislature, Rouleau foresees tax reform, particularly property taxes, but much will depend on Governor Dayton’s priorities. Davis pointed out that Democrats also support competitive tax policy but may have a different definition of what that is. Both speakers expressed hope that Democrats and Republicans will find points of common ground. A

Our Coffee and CREam series is off to a successful start, and I hope you will join us for the next event, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 5 at Cushman & Wakefield. We will have more information about this event in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

– Quinn Cheney, Director of Public Policy

Entry filed under: Public Policy | Government Affairs.

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