What is the national media saying about Minnesota's primary results?

Tim Pawlenty's defeat has got the media talking.
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Walz and Johnson

As the dust settles from Minnesota's primary elections, focus is turning to the impact that Tuesday's developments will have come November's crucial mid-terms.

National media outlets have been putting Minnesota's results into broader context, on a night in which Jeff Johnson beat the financially-stacked Tim Palwenty in the GOP governor race, and battle lines were drawn in a series of toss-up Congressional races.

Repercussions of a Pawlenty defeat

The New York Times reports that Pawlenty's defeat could have reverberations down the ballot for other Minnesota GOP candidates, who won't benefit from Pawlenty's unparalleled ability to court hefty donations.

The newspaper notes that Johnson's victory is another example that Republican candidates closer aligned with President Trump are more likely to win in primaries, but the test is now whether that translates to victory in November after a primary election that saw huge Democratic turnout.

"It is the era of Trump, and I’m just not a Trump-like politician," Pawlenty said on Tuesday, despite his efforts to appear more conciliatory towards a man he once called "unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit to be president."

The Washington Post echoes this, saying the Republican Governors Association had reserved $3-4 million in ads for a general election with Pawlenty as the candidate, arguing it might be in jeopardy now that Johnson is the nominee.

Johnson on Wednesday says he's hopeful to still see support from RGA.

Politico calls DFL governor choices 'boring' in MN, WI

Politico has something to say about the DFL candidates selected for governor in Minnesota and Wisconsin – Tim Walz and Tony Evers.

"White, conventional and boring," Politico notes about the respective Democratic choices of the two Midwestern states, noting that Walz won over the more progressive option of Erin Murphy.

That said, Politico makes its "white, conventional and boring" claim while not making any reference to Walz's running mate, Peggy Flanagan, who is not only a progressive but is also a Native American.

If victorious in November, the member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe would become Minnesota's lieutenant governor, and the highest ranking Native American woman in state or federal office, as TC Daily Planet reports.

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The Keith Ellison question

Vox.com listed "Minnesota Democrats" as both winners and losers last night.

Contrary to Politico's opinion, it says Walz as being the favorite to win the gubernatorial race for the Democrats this November, and voters' decision to pick him makes it more likely than not the governor's office will stay blue this November.

However, it's less positive about the Democrats' pick for Attorney General, Keith Ellison, whose campaign was thrown into question late by an allegation of domestic abuse by his ex-girlfriend, which he denies.

Unless a full exoneration is forthcoming, Vox reckons Ellison's huge appeal among Twin Cities voters but limited appeal in Greater Minnesota could put Walz and Minnesota's congressional democratic candidates in a bit of a dilemma.

"Losing the AG race, even if it happens, is not the biggest deal in the world. But Ellison is a high-profile national figure thanks to his associations with Bernie Sanders, so any effort by Walz, who is at the top of the ticket, and the three Democrats running in tough Minnesota House races to distance themselves from Ellison could be poorly received by an important segment of the base. Then again, if Democrats are seen as not taking domestic abuse seriously, that could also be poorly received by an important segment of the base."

NPR meanwhile says that the response to Ellison may show a shift among Democrats in how they respond to sexual misconduct accusations, potentially because of the lack of due process afford to Al Franken last year.

"The Franken incident has got a lot of Democrats thinking, 'We've lost a progressive hero and, right or wrong, we've lost him too fast,'" a Democratic strategist told the news organization. "So, there's a little bit of a calibration on how we address these issues."

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