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A Truly Historic Election

A Truly Historic Election

(p.59) Chapter 5 A Truly Historic Election
Minnesota's Miracle
Tom Berg
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party’s efforts to dominate the Minnesota legislature, culminating in an election in 1972. The attainment of such a goal required various complex parts spread across the state. These include framing of issues, recruitment of able candidates, effective campaign management, and a strong “get out the vote” effort for loyal supporters. Some of the prominent figures involved were Senators Walter Mondale and Hubert Humphrey, Warren Spannaus, Rudy Perpich, as well as caucus leaders Martin Sabo and Nick Coleman. The DFL Party decided that the emphasis in the election should be on the House and Senate legislative races, taking advantage of the 1971 amendments to the Permanent Rules of the legislature that had been proposed by the Liberal Caucuses.

Keywords:   Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, Warren Spannaus, Rudy Perpich, Martin Sabo, Nick Coleman, get out the vote, 1971 Permanent Rules

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