A new Rasmussen poll in Minnesota finds that former Sen. Norm Coleman is far and away the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor of Minnesota in 2010 — even though he’s not actually in the race at this time.
The numbers: Coleman 50%, former state House Minority Leader Mary Seifert 11%, and other candidates in single digits.
The Democratic race is a tie between Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and former Sen. Mark Dayton at 30% each, with other candidates in single digits.
Coleman, of course, lost the heavily-litigated 2008 Minnesota Senate race to Democrat Al Franken. Coleman had initially led by 206 votes before the recount, out of about 2.9 million ballots cast, but the recount result put Franken ahead by 225 votes. Coleman contested the election in court, putting the Senate seat in legal limbo for six months, with Franken finally winning by a certified margin of 312 votes.