The U.S Senate race in Minnesota back in 2008 made history for being one of the closes elections ever and the court battle over who had won was long and very entertaining (Google The Lizard People if you don’t believe me) and it wasn’t decided until June 2009. Yes, Minnesota had only one U.S Senator for almost half a year. In the end former Air America talk show host and SNL writer, Al Franken, beat the incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman by less than 300 votes. The feeling among most political experts is that he would face an uphill battle for re-election in 2014.
A new poll conducted by SurveyUSA in Minnesota finds that this is not the case as Senator Al Franken (D) is up on challenger Mike McFadden (R) by a comfortable margin, 51% to 42%. Minnesota is a tough place for the GOP, Minnesota is the only state that didn’t vote for Reagan in 1980 and in 1984 (D.C didn’t either but it is not a state). You have to go back to 1972 for the last time the GOP has turned Minnesota red. The GOP has better luck statewide but still has a hard time gaining any traction from the land of 10,000 lakes.