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Wednesday, June 02, 2004


North by Northwest

posted by Dana at Wednesday, June 02, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I spent last night fretting over the South Dakota House race, while in the next room my teen-age daughter got educated in movie history by watching "North by Northwest" (another South Dakota cliffhanger).

Herseth-Diedrich was also a cliff-hanger, but we won. Because the story wasn't covered extensively by the national press (and even the official Democratic blog went to bed before the counting started) I got a lot of my insight from Daily Kos.

Here is some of what I learned:

What did you learn?


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