First Poll Of Revote Issue In Minnesota: It’s Split Down The Middle


We now have our first poll in a long time out of Minnesota, from Rasmussen, testing what people think of the never-ending Senate race — and it raises as many questions as it answers.

When asked, “Who will ultimately be declared Minnesota’s next U.S. Senator: Al Franken or Norm Coleman?” the poll shows 47% of likely voters seeing Franken as the eventual winner, to 35% who think Coleman will come out on top.

This question was asked next, and is sure to be used as political ammunition by the GOP: “Should there be a revote for the Senate seat between Al Franken and Norm Coleman?” The result: Yes 46%, No 44%. The narrow plurality for a new election, within the ±4% margin of error, certainly does suggest that a lot of voters aren’t satisfied with the situation as it is now — obviously Republicans are almost all for it, but it also leads by 12 points among independents.

We’ll see what other polls have to say as Coleman’s revote gambit continues to play out in the local media — for example, a small-town newspaper that endorsed Coleman in 2008 has now declared their opposition to it.

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