Larry Jacobs Never Thought CD6 Was A Close One
Professor Larry Jacobs of the U of M spoke at the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast this morning. Now I didn’t exactly agree with some of his interpretations. I believe most media and commentators in Minnesota lean left, and often tell you just enough of the truth to seem credible, but put a good spin on things to favor Democrats.
Anyways, at the end during the Q & A, Republican CD5 candidate Chris Fields asked Jacobs to explain why the media doesn’t cover incumbent Congressman’s races. It was follow up of sorts on how the statewide and Presidential races are not competitive and tweren’t garnering as much attention as usual – except for how the Presidential is with in 4 points and Romney “doesn’t even have an office or any ground game” in the state and the statewide candidate in MN isn’t able to get any traction, but I digress.
Jacobs mentioned to Fields that in those races where the challenger is running in an unfavorable District against an incumbent, you have to do something to make the press think its competitive and worth covering. Which I understand, it costs money to cover the news after all. Jacobs mentioned the media stereotype of “if it bleeds it leads”.
Jacobs said that Democrat CD6 challenger Jim Graves releasing his internal polls showing it was very close was a clever way to get attention, but that Jacobs never thought it was really that close and the independent KSTP poll showed Bachmann with a 9 point lead.
Jacobs went on to explain that the old 6th District was a very red District and that after redistricting it got even redder. Clearly its not nearly as competitive as Graves and Democrats would like to believe.
So it seems that I’m being proven right again in this election cycle. Some of those other things were also confirmed by Jacobs, like how damaging it was for Kurt Bills’ campaign manager to be calling Senator Klobuchar names in such a divisive way and how that will be a problem down ticket.
Among other things.
I guess the question is will Democrats waste resources in the 6th District again this year?