Observation 2: With "borg" as part of his name, he's probably not going to get the totally unimportant Star Trek: The Next Generation fan boy vote. (I never said that all of these observations would be serious.)
Observation 3: He probably never planned to win this race. He likely views this race as an opportunity to introduce voters to his boyish good looks, his military service, and his ability to mimic Paul Ryan's pseudo seriousness.
Observation 4: This Pat Powers paraphrase indicates that he has watched and learned from Bull Durham:
As he was sending it over, I had a nice chat with the candidate, and Jason noted that he didn’t get into the race to chase big money, but to bring forth ideas.As he was sending it over, I had a nice chat with the candidate, and Jason noted that he didn’t get into the race to chase big money, but to bring forth ideas.
Mouthing phrases about the power of ideas has to be one the earliest and biggest political cliches. Has a candidate ever admitted he or she was in it for the money?
Observation 5: Ravnsborg is a cautious and disciplined sort. In a race that features Stace Nelson's bombast, the Annette Bosworth debacle, and Mike Rounds exhibiting an Teflon sports coat that gives him an air of inevitability, Ravnsborg had the chance to take few political risks and, if they failed, have them be forgiven as rookie mistakes. He seems content, however, to play it safe.