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Franken Continues to Lead McFadden in U.S. Senate Race

KSTP / Survey USA, 8/19 – 8/21

US Senate

  • Al Franken – Democrat – 51%
  • Mike McFadden – Republican – 42%
  • Steve Carlson – Independent – 2%
  • Other – 2%
  • Undecided – 3%

According to a recent KSTP / Survey USA poll, Senator Al Franken sits in a comfortable 9% lead in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race. Currently, Franken has 51% of votes, while his opponent Mike McFadden has only 42%. Independent Steve Carlson has a paltry 2% and 3% of voters are undecided. The poll consisted of 600 likely voters from across Minnesota. Overall, Franken has led almost every major poll by double digits to date. This is the first time in months that the double digit lead has been broken.

Franken has a respectable lead and it is believed that he should be able to secure re-election. Voters were asked whether or not they approved of Franken’s job as a senator. 56% said that they approved of his work, 35% disapproved, and 8% were undecided. In terms of approval ratings, these numbers are satisfactory and should work for Franken so long as he sticks to a moderate campaign that avoids any risky issues.

“This is very good news for Al Franken,” said Larry Jacobs, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. “He’s shaking some of his unpopularity.”

The only other factor that could harm Franken’s image is President Barack Obama himself. If Obama were to align himself with disastrous policy, he may taint the image of the Democrats nationwide. This doesn’t seem like it will be an issue as he is playing it safe in order to paint the Democrats in a favorable light, but you can never rule out the unexpected in politics. Franken’s support for Obama’s Affordable Care Act may also be used as a weapon by Republicans in a potential election.

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