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Thu Mar 21, 2013, 01:03 PM

The Minnesota senator, Al Franken is facing a potentially tough reelection campaign in 2014

Is this true?? Just saw this here: http://www.salon.com/2013/03/19/conan_hosting_fundraiser_for_al_franken/?source=newsletter not sure who this reporter is, but it's her words. Just wondering is this true?? who is running against Al??

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Reply The Minnesota senator, Al Franken is facing a potentially tough reelection campaign in 2014 (Original post)
a kennedy Mar 2013 OP
BainsBane Mar 2013 #1
reteachinwi Mar 2013 #2
Jenoch Mar 2013 #6
SomeGuyInEagan Mar 2013 #7
Brickbat Mar 2013 #3
Zeteticus Mar 2013 #4
jeffrey_pdx Mar 2013 #5
geardaddy Mar 2013 #8
alp227 May 2013 #9
dflprincess May 2013 #10

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 01:06 PM

1. Doesn't he need to have an opponent

to know how tough the race will be?

I sure do get a lot of fundraising emails from Al though.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 01:11 PM

2. This a few months old, but not so old to be without merit.

 

Al Franken (D-inc) 54
Michele Bachmann (R) 40
Undecided 7

Al Franken (D-inc) 50
Norm Coleman (R) 44
Undecided 7

Al Franken (D-inc) 49
John Kline (R) 41
Undecided 11

Al Franken (D-inc) 50
Erik Paulsen (R) 39
Undecided 11
(MoE: 3%)



http://left.mn/2013/01/al-franken-looking-good-for-re-election/

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Response to reteachinwi (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:03 PM

6. None of the Republicans

on your list will run for the senate against Franken. The house members won't leave their safe seats and Coleman has said he won't run. Coleman did say he would not rule out a run against Dayton.

Right now I cannot think of a Minnesota Republican who would come close to winning against Al Franken.

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Response to reteachinwi (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 12:33 PM

7. I remember that. Kline & Bachmann already being targeted by the DFL in '14.

That's early for Minnesota.

The DFL thinks his seat in the U.S. House can go blue in '14, after redistricting for the '12 election which made his district more blue. The DFL is recruiting strong candidates to challenge Kline and Bachmann (who nearly lost in '12 after her district was redistricted to become a tad more red).

MPR story from last week:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/22/politics/democrats-target-republican-seats

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 01:27 PM

3. ROFLMAO. A race without a known opponent can hardly be called "tough."

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 06:15 PM

4. Franken will smoke an average opponent.

And there is no super-republican on the horizon. Who? Bachman? Coleman? Grams? They have no one, but they do have money I suppose.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 12:33 AM

5. Yeah but the right hates Franken

Whoever it is will get truck loads of money and PACs behind them.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 01:56 PM

8. it's a non-story.

So, Conan's hosting a brunch for Al and it suddenly means Al's in trouble? OFFS.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2013, 04:46 PM

9. Tough? Is Mike McFadden even well known in Minnesota?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/29/businessman-mike-mcfadden-to-challenge-sen-al-franken/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Minnesota,_2014#Republican_primary

I predict an easy win for Franken in 2014. The most prominent candidate in the list in Wikipedia is former US Rep. Chip Cravaack, a one-term Tea Partier who won in 2010 but lost to DFLer Rick Nolan the next election. But would voters really want to elect someone who lost after one term in the US House?

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Response to alp227 (Reply #9)

Thu May 30, 2013, 08:33 PM

10. It's best not to get complacent

It's an off year election which affects turn out and we don't want to lose because people assume Franken has it in the bag.

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