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But this wonk learned from Star Tribune Minnesota Poll meisters years ago that this state’s discerning voters are particularly drawn to candidates perceived to have two characteristics. One is “strong leader.” The second is “cares about people like me.”
So I’ll just humbly remind voters that a candidate who “is like me” in means or background is not guaranteed to “care about people like me.” It’s the latter attribute that’s the prize.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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