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Even With Antigay Initiative, Romney Gives Up on Minnesota

Even With Antigay Initiative, Romney Gives Up on Minnesota

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Somewhat surprisingly, the home of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty has voted Democratic in the past nine presidential elections. Maybe that's why, even with an antigay initiative on this year's ballot, GOP candidate Mitt Romney has all but given up on winning Minnesota.

Time posits why the Romney camp hasn't invested in the state, even with a initiative on the ballot that could constitutionally ban marriage equality there. The assumption is that the initiative will bring out more conservatives, hence more votes for Romney (the magazine says the measure has a slight lead among voters). But the former governor of Massachusetts has not opened a campaign office in Minnesota nor marshaled many resources there, except to collect checks at a fund-raising dinner.

One major issue is that Minnesotans already vote in huge numbers; nearly 78% of eligible voters cast ballots in 2008. With numbers like that, there are fewer voters to get to the polls who didn't go already.

Read more about Minnesota's special circumstances.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.