Christopher Daggett is polling in the low double digits – better than any independent in at least 36 years. He was at 14% in a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week, and at 9% in a Rasmussen Reports poll. But he’s way behind another independent who scored an upset victory against the two-party establishment. He’s still 27 points behind the leading candidate.
At the same point in the 1998 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign, another independent, Brooklyn Park Mayor (and former professional wrestler). Jesse Ventura was at 21% in a Minneapolis Star Tribune/KMSP-TV poll. Democrat Hubert Humphrey III, the state Attorney General and son of the former Vice President, was leading St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, the Republican, 35%-34%. Three weeks later, Ventura beat Coleman 37%-34%, with Humphrey finishing at 28%.
Daggett has hired Bill Hillsman, who was Ventura’s top strategist. Hillsman came up with Ventura’s message: “Don’t vote for politics as usual.”