Why Amy Klobuchar's win in Minnesota is sparking calls for a 2020 run

The Minnesota senator is popular among Democrats and Republicans alike.
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The big winner from the mid-term elections on Tuesday was none other than Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The Democrat was easily re-elected for a third term, crushing GOP opponent Jim Newberger by getting 60 percent of the votes to 36 percent.

But percentages aside, the standout figure from Tuesday's elections was that she got more votes than any other candidates in a statewide race.

Some 1.56 million Minnesotans voted for Klobuchar, significantly more than the 1.39 million who voted for our next governor, Tim Walz, and the 1.37 million for her Senate colleague, Tina Smith.

Klobuchar achieved this by winning even in rural Minnesotan districts that traditionally vote Republican. Known for being one of the more moderate, bipartisan members of the Senate, she remains popular among Democrats and (some) Republicans alike.

Check out this map showing how each county voted in the Klobuchar-Newberger race. 

While it's no huge shock that she won the metro, northeastern and southeastern areas, what is a little more surprising is she won in parts of central and west-central Minnesota.

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A presidential run?

Unsurprisingly, Klobuchar's confirmed status as one of the country's most popular senators has once again led to calls for a 2020 presidential run, something that has been suggested many times before.

Her ability to get votes from across the aisle could prove particularly useful in potentially crucial presidential swing states – like Ohio and Florida – in 2020.

The manner of her victory on Tuesday prompted tweets from national pundits and the likes of legendary broadcaster Dan Rather, who see her as a potential winner against President Donald Trump.

One of the main arguments against Klobuchar as a candidate is name recognition, with East and West coast Democrats like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker getting more of the headlines from the (East and West coast) national press.

But Klobuchar's name is better known now than it was a few months ago, having been thrown into the national spotlight for her involvement in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings thanks to a tense exchange with the Supreme Court nominee.

While she has not expressed interest in a run in the past, it's telling that in the run-up to the mid-terms she made a stop in Iowa – a stopping point for all White House hopefuls as it's the first state to hold presidential caucuses.

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