KTSP/SurveyUSA poll in Minnesota shows Mark Dayton, Al Franken having problems.

What a lovely poll that is.

Well, it’s lovely from my point of view, at least.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken survived recounts when they won their first elections to the governor’s office and U.S. Senate. According to our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, they might have to sweat our close races again in 2014. Franken clings to a six-point lead over his closest Republican challenger Mike McFadden, 48 percent to 42 percent. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percent.


Governor Dayton also faces a potentially close re-election bid. He also leads his nearest competitor by just six points. The GOP-endorsed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson, trails Dayton 46% to 40%.

Hard to remember sometimes that Minnesota is perfectly capable of electing Republicans, given that it’s a fairly reliable Democratic vote in Presidential elections. But both Dayton and Franken won their elections by small margins in years where everything broke right for the Democrats: and it’s not like Minnesota is doing all that well during either’s term. Incumbents who are below 50 and only leading their likely opponents by mid-single digits are obviously not losing; but neither are they safe. Also, in case you were wondering: while moving from a RV to a LV screen had this particular poll only improved moderately for Franken/McFadden, it improved Dayton/Johnson by double digits.

Again: this does not mean that we’re going to win either the Minnesota’s gubernatorial or Senate race.  It does suggest, though, that the same electoral conditions that are giving Democrats severe electoral headwinds right now are also present in Minnesota.  It will be interesting to see what happens after the primaries are over…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

7 thoughts on “KTSP/SurveyUSA poll in Minnesota shows Mark Dayton, Al Franken having problems.”

  1. Yes, and .. this means the Dems may have to pump in money to help Franken and/or Dayton, which will mean they have less to spend elsewhere.
    I believe I’ll let the stones express my position on this…

  2. Or it means that the same people will be counting the votes as when Franken won.

      1. November is still pretty far out, Obama doesn’t seem able to accomplish anything useful by his frequent pivoting, and the media will, out of self-preservation, be detaching from the president.
        Franken is in for Interesting Times.. Dayton too, although he’s at less risk IMO.

      2. And since it’s going to be close, they’ll cheat the same way they did last time. Hello, same-day voter registration exploitation.

  3. I do not know if the law has changes, but when Franken won, Minn allowed election day registration and voting without any ID. All you needed was someone to vouch for you. First, you rented a bus and loaded it with college students who have already voted by absentee ballot. Then drive them from polling place to polling place and have them register and vote in each. And if race was still too close, remember those boxes of ballots you stored in your trunk.

    1. I’m pretty sure that hasn’t changed, or we would have heard the squealing all the way out here on the East Coast. Certainly, Dayton and the DFL-controlled legislature wouldn’t do anything about it, fans of clean politics that they are. [/sarc]

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