DFLer Mark Dayton has a 77 percent chance of winning the governor's race next month, according to Nate Silver, a statistics freak whose blog on political polling, FiveThirtyEight.com, has become a go-to site since the 2008 campaign.
By aggregating polling and using statistical models and demographic data, Silver said Republican Tom Emmer has a 23 percent chance of becoming Minnesota's next governor. Independence Party nominee Tom Horner's prospects are even dinner: zero chance of winning.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.