I grew up in Minnesota so I still take note of what happens there. It used to be a solid Democratic state when Hubert Humphrey was around but has varied more over the last 30 years. You do see things in Minnesota that you don't see anywhere else. Like the nation's first Islamic congressman or a professional wrestler winning the Governor job.
In 1990 the Senate race between Rudy Boschwitz and Paul Wellstone turned on "who is a better Jew" and this year the race between Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken has them debating which one is too much of a "New York Jew."
Al Franken notes that he's "the only New York Jew in the race who actually grew up in Minnesota."
I like his explanation of why he's running and his thesis that government policy can make people's lives better:
Although not at all amusing, here's an effective ad against his opponent, Norm Coleman: