Today’s UpTake: 24 Hours Before the Vote

Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner
Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner

Mark Dayton (DFL) Tom Emmer (R) & Tom Horner (IP)

The most anticipated, and most expensive U.S. midterm election in history is now just 24 hours away from its climax. Here in Minnesota, the state’s three gubernatorial candidates are fanning out across the Land of Lakes today to rally their bases to vote tomorrow. Democratic-Farm-Labor candidate Mark Dayton is flying around the state today to rally his troops; Republican Tom Emmer has begun a 24-hour drive and fly marathon, and Tom Horner’s Independence Party stalwarts will fan out to traverse Minnesota in three different buses. Follow their travels here. Tonight, the DFL party will hold Get Out the Vote Rallies at 9:45 p.m. at 411 Main St. in St. Paul. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, sons Eric and Andrew Dayton, Mayors RT Rybak and Chris Coleman and other DFL leaders will appear with gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

Yesterday, Dayton, Emmer and Horner held their final gubernatorial debate at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. This after Friday’s debate on the Twin Cities Public Television show “Almanac”. Though pressed numerous times, Republican Emmer once again refused to address social issues such as abortion rights — an issue he has ducked for months. Independent candidate Horner chastised Emmer for failing to provide leadership on the issue. Last week The UpTake also published job advice expert Sue Morem’s analysis of Dayton, Emmer and Horner’s job interview skills.

Yesterday we also brought you interviews with Tea Party-backed incumbent Michele Bachmann, Democrat Tarryl Clark and Independent Bob Anderson, following their final debate in the 6th Congressional District race — the most expensive congressional race nationwide. Speaking of money in elections, the Media Consortium’s final report about the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court case on these elections showed us how Tea Party stars have been jetting to “grassroots” rallies on private planes, Wall Street-style.

On a national level, President Obama used his weekly address Saturday to discuss the important of these midterm elections to solve problems and find common ground. Obama also spoke to the press on Friday following the interception of two suspicious packages that originated in Yemen and were en route to Chicago. Earlier in the week, Obama took time out for a few laughs on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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