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Is Al Franken Vulnerable?

By Peter Sullivan, The Hill - August 18, 2014

After winning by just 312 votes in 2008, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sought to keep his head down and shed his comedian persona.

But as the one-time funny man heads into a reelection contest this year, Republicans are hoping there is one thing he can’t shake: President Obama’s unpopularity.

Minnesota is not at the forefront of battleground state talk as the GOP tries to take back the Senate. It has gone for Democratic presidential candidates in every election since 1976. There is a history of Republican governors and senators, though, like Tim Pawlenty and Norm Coleman, who battled Franken to the recount last time around.

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