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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Minnesota

Key facts
Population: 4,657,758 (ranked 20 among states)
Governor: Jesse Ventura (Reform)
Electoral College votes: 10
Minnesota politics is dominated by the former wrestler turned governor, Jesse Ventura, whose populist victory is characteristic of a state that has long had an independent streak.

Mr Ventura was unexpectedly elected to Ross Perot's Reform Party in 1998 with 37% of the vote and has since loomed large on the national stage.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 6 Democrats, 2 Republicans
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor alliance on the left and Independent Republicans on the right dominated state politics for decades, but in the 1990s both became more extremist and alienated ordinary voters. Mr Ventura was able to capitalise on widespread disenchantment with Minnesota's distinct two-party political culture and triumphed in a close three-party race.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 51%, Dole 35%, Perot 12%
1992: Clinton 43%, Bush 32%, Perot 24%
1988: Bush 53%, Dukakis 46%
Presidential politics in Minnesota is historically Democrat. Democratic candidates Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale were senators here and both came from the Democrat-Farm-Labor tradition. Democrats are still dominant, but the Reform Party could complicate matters.

Like Wisconsin and North Dakota, Minnesota pioneered welfare provision at the beginning of the 20th entury and was more recently the first state to produce an anti-smoking bill and a public campaign finance scheme.

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