Andy Bowers, writing for Slate, explains why Minnesota is up for grabs this year. Powerline
considers this a reasonably balanced look at presidential politics in the state, and says: "While Minnesota has historically been Democratic, there is little doubt that demographically, it is a red state. The only question is whether its transition to a Republican majority will be complete by November 2. For what it’s worth, those in charge of the Bush campaign in Minnesota say they are cautiously optimistic. The party’s polling shows the race even."