Thursday, October 30, 2008

Minnesota Senate: Franken leads

Al Franken 45
Norm Coleman 40
Dean Barkley 14

The race for US Senate in Minnesota is close, but Al Franken has a definite lead at this juncture in the contest.

Franken and Coleman are doing a roughly equally good job of holding onto each of their party's voters. Coleman gets 85% of Republicans and Franken is earning 81% support from Democrats. That's important because it's an indicator that Barkley is pulling roughly equally from each party, a different conclusion than some other recent polling has found. 55% of Barkley's support is coming from independent voters, and he's running pretty close to the major party candidates with that demographic- Coleman is at 35%, Franken 34%, and Barkley is getting 26%.

Only 76% of Obama voters are planning to vote for Franken, quite a difference from the 85% of McCain supporters going for Coleman. But with Obama headed for a dominant victory in the state, it looks like as of today his coattails would be enough to bring Franken across the finish line. What impact the lawsuit Coleman filed against Franken today and whatever else happens in the last five days of the election has remains to be seen.

Full results here.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

COLORADO NEXT PLEASE

Anonymous said...

Al Franken faced incredible odds and fierce opposition when he helped give the liberal/progressive crowd a voice on the national airwaves. He was told it couldn't be done ... yet Air America still broadcasts and has been instrumental in this nationwide surge in support for Dems.
Then, he decides to run for the Senate and again faced what most described as an insurmountable task. Yet, again, he is on the verge of proving his nay-sayers wrong.
It would be fitting if this man, who was willing to put himself on the line when his views were in the minority, is rewarded for helping bring America out of the darkness that has engulfed it in recent years. Hopefully, he will become the same kind of political leader the he has proven to be as a message facilitator.

Anonymous said...

Al FRANKEN HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIARS OUT THERE. TO TOP IT OFF AL FRANKEN HAS FAILED TO PAY TAXES AND FAILED TO PAY WORKER COMP. INSURANCE. SOMEONE WHO CANNOT PAY THEIR OWN BILLS IS BEING ELECTED BY MINNESOTA VOTERS? I AM GLAD I DO NOT LIVE IN MINNESOTA.

Anonymous said...

Your statement is false. It implies that he has an outstanding tax debt and that is simply not true. Al Franken has paid his taxes.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for Al to be elected, what a great guy!

Anonymous said...

Nothing says "I'm right! Shut up!" like posting all in caps...

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