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Minnesota Senate

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Norm Coleman*

Norm Coleman* (R)*

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Al Franken

Al Franken (D)

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Minnesota Snapshot

RCP Senate Ranking: Toss Up

Senate Race:
Presidential Race:

Competitive House Races: MN-3
| MN-6
Key 2006 State Races: Senate | Governor | MN-6

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleColeman (R)Franken (D)Barkley (I)Spread
Final Results----41.9841.9915.15Franken +0.0
RCP Average10/27 - 11/1--42.039.214.4Coleman +2.8
SurveyUSA10/30 - 11/1669 LV443916Coleman +5
Star Tribune10/29 - 10/31933 LV384215Franken +4
Research 200010/27 - 10/29600 LV434015Coleman +3
Rasmussen10/28 - 10/28500 LV433914Coleman +4
NBC/Mason-Dixon10/27 - 10/28625 LV423612Coleman +6

All Minnesota Senate Polling Data

Race Summary

In the seat once held by Paul Wellstone, Norm Coleman faces a well-financed and well-known candidate. Democrat Al Franken, the former Saturday Night Live writer and actor, has been ramping up to run for a few years now.

After Democrat Amy Klobuchar defeated Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy in the 2006 race for Minnesota\'s other Senate seat, Coleman\'s vulnerability became apparent, and he immediately began distancing himself from the unpopular Bush administration.

Coleman, the former Demcratic mayor of St. Paul, is well-known across the state and favored to hold his seat, despite the apparent national Democratic tide and Minnesotans\' penchant for electing unconventional candidates. Still, Franken\'s fundraising accumen will allow him to defend and attack Coleman through the airwaves, and as long as the state can get past any transgressions in his former life as a satirist, a national anti-GOP mood could be enough to send Franken to Washington.

Previous Election Results

Senate
2006: Klobuchar (D) 58, Kennedy (R) 38
2002: Coleman (R) 50, Mondale (D) 47
2000: Dayton (D) 49, Grams (R) 43
1996: Wellstone (D) 50, Boschwitz (R) 41

President
2004: Kerry (D) 51, Bush (R) 48
2000: Gore (D) 48, Bush (R) 46
1996: Clinton (D) 51, Dole (R) 35

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 5,197,621
Occupation: Blue Collar 23.3% | White Collar 62.3% | Gray Collar 14.4%
Race: White 88.2% | Black 3.4% | Hispanic 2.9% | Asian 2.9%

Polling Data

PollDateSampleColeman (R)Franken (D)Barkley (I)Spread
Final Results----41.9841.9915.15Franken +0.0
RCP Average10/27 - 11/1--42.039.214.4Coleman +2.8
SurveyUSA10/30 - 11/1669 LV443916Coleman +5
Star Tribune10/29 - 10/31933 LV384215Franken +4
PPP (D)10/28 - 10/301050 LV404514Franken +5
Research 200010/27 - 10/29600 LV434015Coleman +3
Rasmussen10/28 - 10/28500 LV433914Coleman +4
NBC/Mason-Dixon10/27 - 10/28625 LV423612Coleman +6
Minn. Pub. Radio10/24 - 10/28451 LV374117Franken +4
Rasmussen10/22 - 10/22500 LV374117Franken +4
Big10 Battleground10/19 - 10/22583 RV344015Franken +6
St. Cloud State U.10/14 - 10/22509 A362716Coleman +9
National Journal/FD10/16 - 10/20402 RV363719Franken +1
SurveyUSA10/16 - 10/18655 LV413918Coleman +2
Star Tribune10/16 - 10/171049 LV363918Franken +3
Research 200010/15 - 10/16600 LV394118Franken +2
Quinnipiac/WSJ/WP10/8 - 10/121019 LV363818Franken +2
Rasmussen10/7 - 10/7500 LV374317Franken +6
Minn. Pub. Radio10/3 - 10/5418 LV374114Franken +4
Star Tribune9/30 - 10/21084 LV344318Franken +9
SurveyUSA9/30 - 10/1725 LV433319Coleman +10
Quinnipiac/WSJ/WP9/14 - 9/211301 LV4942--Coleman +7
Rasmussen9/18 - 9/18500 LV48473Coleman +1
Star Tribune9/10 - 9/121106 LV413713Coleman +4
SurveyUSA9/10 - 9/11734 LV414014Coleman +1
Minn. Pub. Radio8/7 - 8/17763 LV40418Franken +1
SurveyUSA8/13 - 8/14682 LV4639--Coleman +7
Rasmussen8/13 - 8/13500 LV4946--Coleman +3
Rasmussen7/22 - 7/22500 LV4649--Franken +3
Quinnipiac/WSJ/WP.com7/14 - 7/221261 LV5338--Coleman +15
SurveyUSA7/11 - 7/13641 LV5239--Coleman +13
Rasmussen7/10 - 7/10500 LV4244--Franken +2
Quinnipiac/WSJ/WP.com6/17 - 6/241572 LV5141--Coleman +10
SurveyUSA6/10 - 6/12609 RV5240--Coleman +12
Rasmussen6/11 - 6/11500 LV4845--Coleman +3
Rasmussen5/21 - 5/21500 LV4745--Coleman +2
MN Star-Tribune5/12 - 5/151203 A5144--Coleman +7
SurveyUSA4/30 - 5/1615 RV5242--Coleman +10
Rasmussen4/22 - 4/22500 LV5043--Coleman +7
Rasmussen3/19 - 3/19500 LV4846--Coleman +2
SurveyUSA3/11 - 3/11644 RV5141--Coleman +10
McLaughlin & Associates (R)3/6 - 3/9500 LV4640--Coleman +6
Rasmussen2/16 - 2/16500 LV4649--Franken +3
Minn. Pub. Radio1/18 - 1/27917 A4043--Franken +3
SurveyUSA11/2 - 11/5616 RV4844--Coleman +4
Rasmussen10/31 - 10/31500 LV4942--Coleman +7
SurveyUSA10/24 - 10/28692 RV4645--Coleman +1
Rasmussen9/6 - 9/6500 LV4641--Coleman +5
Mason-Dixon5/7 - 5/9625 RV5432--Coleman +22
Rasmussen3/7 - 3/7500 LV4636--Coleman +10
SurveyUSA2/12 - 2/13632 RV5735--Coleman +22