2010 Governor's race
With Tim Pawlenty out everyone who has ever thought of running for Governor will. What does that mean for the Independence party? A better chance at a high level candidate. Unfortanatly unless someone like Kent Hrbek or Prince wanted to run the Independence Party is really limited to Jesse Ventura, Dean Barkley, Tim Penny, and Tammy Lee if they want anyone who is shooting for anything more then retaining major party status.
Among those Dean Barkley would probably give you the best result, however if you think winning (or competing at a level that makes watching election results meaningful) and losing are the only two results that matter Tammy Lee is the candidate with the best shot.
Barkley will always exceed expectations as he did in the unresolved US Senate race of 2008, but it's just not reasonable to think he will ever exceed 20%, Tammy Lee might not exceed 10% statewide, but if poll #'s show any momentum behind her she has the qualities and the political skill to take advantage. Jesse Ventura won't run. Tim Penny would have solid results, possibly even similar to Barkley, but he lacks political skill.
Others who would consider a run include Jim Gibson and Peter Hutchinson, as well as anyone Tim Penny hand picks as for whatever reason the party cares about Penny's complete lack of political insight
For me unless it's Tammy Lee I really don't care.