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CandidatePolitical PartyPollGraphPoll Details
RColeman*Republican44%piePoll Date: 2008-11-01
DFrankenDemocratic-F.L.39%Number Polled: 669
IBarkleyIndependence16%Margin of Error: 4%
-Undecided-1%Voter Type: Likely

  * = Incumbent

Coleman +5, Barkley at 16%

 By: Miamiu1027 (D-NY) - 2008-11-03 @ 00:04:11

In Minnesota, the Shorter Obama's Coattails, the Worse It Looks for Al Franken: 60 hours until votes are counted in Minnesota, Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain is back inside the margin of sampling error, according to SurveyUSA's final look at one of 2008's most interesting states. Obama 49%, McCain 46%, in interviewing underwritten by KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, WDIO-TV Duluth and KAAL-TV Rochester, 10/30/08 through 11/01/08. Obama led by 6 two weeks ago, now by 3. The late break to the GOP is occurring among men and seniors. For each point McCain gains, the better it looks for Republican Norm Coleman's US Senate re-election bid. In 4 pre-election tracking polls, SurveyUSA has never shown Franken ahead. Other pollsters have. The contest is close, fiercely fought, and Franken may in fact win. But in SurveyUSA's final numbers, it's Coleman 44%, Franken 39%. Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley, though down from 19% a month ago to 16% today, is a true spoiler. Barkley's supporters are more likely to be Democrats than Republicans, and more likely to be pro-choice than pro-life. If Barkley's supporters turn-out to vote but at the last instant turn-away from Barkley, Franken may out-perform these numbers. Minnesota's constitutional amendment, which would protect wetlands by raising the sales tax for 25 years, is too-close-to-call. Of those with an opinion, half tell SurveyUSA they are certain to vote 'Yes,' half tell SurveyUSA they are certain to vote 'No.' But more Minnesotans are not certain how they will vote on the amendment than are in either the 'Yes' group or the 'No' group. Any outcome is possible. 800 adults yielded 747 registered voters and 669 likely voters.

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