The 2008 Republican National Convention hardly left a mark on Minnesota's political landscape.
It didn't turn the state from blue to red. On the contrary, Barack Obama carried Minnesota by the largest margin of any Democrat in recent history.
And the convention, which started a year ago today, didn't boost the fortunes of Republican candidates down the ticket.
"From a political standpoint, I'm not sure there's any lasting impact," Ron Carey, the state Republican Party chairman who stepped down this spring, said Monday.