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Star Tribune: Al Franken at 44% against opponents (…they muttered, darkly).
moelane.com ^

Posted on 04/04/2014 5:43:13 AM PDT by cotton1706

You’re probably sourly amused at all the signalling done in these paragraphs:

A new Minnesota poll, commissioned by a partisan group, finds that Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken is “potentially vulnerable” as he mounts his bid for re-election.

It found that Franken has a 3 percentage lead over Republican Julianne Ortman and a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Mike McFadden.

The poll was conducted by Magellan Strategies for American Encore, a group connected to the Koch Brothers that is already running television ads bashing Franken. It included 1,081 likely Minnesota voters in late March.

…because you probably also suspect that the Star Tribune would use considerably more neutral language if it the poll had been commissioned by a Democratic-leaning group funded by the Steyer brothers. but that’s all right: at least they felt obligated to report that Al Franken can’t get above 44% against two named opponents. Admittedly, they didn’t have much choice.

Does this mean that Franken is doomed? Of course not. Does it mean that the DSCC may need to think about kicking him more resources soon? …Mayyyybe? The question for the DSCC is, how much do they feel like gambling? – Because if the Democrats end up at the point where they lose Minnesota, then I don’t see the Democrats even being able to hope to retake the Senate before 2018*.

Moe Lane

*The 2016 Presidential election puts out a distortion field that makes any strong prognostications past that point meaningless. Particularly in the Senate, given that the question of who holds power there is much more reliant on individual personalities than it would be in the House: the 2016 election will undoubtedly cause a couple of vacancies there, as Senators take on Cabinet positions. Or the Vice Presidency.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; abortion; alfranken; deathpanels; election2014; election2016; elections; julianneortman; mikemcfadden; minnesota; obamacare; zerocare

1 posted on 04/04/2014 5:43:13 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Any way we could change him out for Dennis Miller?
2 posted on 04/04/2014 5:47:22 AM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle

Dennis Miller is a Castle Shannon, PA boy.
If anything he is going to come back and be MY Senator.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 5:53:07 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: All
As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville, Democrat candidate Obama advanced his signature plan that was ultimately enacted (by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote) into the "Affordable Care Act :

OBAMA: "No. 1, let me just repeat, if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All I’m going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. You’ll still have choice of doctor.”

Repeated over and over ---- with the promise that every American would be saving $2500.00 on healthcare costs.

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Every Democrat enthusiastically chimes in, echoing the same false promises----lock-stepping party loyalty not seen since 1940's-era Europe.

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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) : "people who are happy with their current plan, wouldn't need to change it."

FRANKEN YOUTUBE SOUND BITE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZmAYYNz8Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZmAYYNz8I

4 posted on 04/04/2014 5:55:02 AM PDT by Liz
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To: cotton1706

Al Franken, the Earl Long of Minnesota politics, seems to have just about everything against him, but he won the last time around, didn’t he? The strategy then was just to keep up the vote recount until he was declared the winner.

It does not matter what the voters may mark upon their ballots. What matters is who is counting the votes.

And the Minnesota Progressives have a stranglehold on the most important precincts in the states, where whole columns of figures can be juggled at will.

Josef Stalin would be so proud.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 5:56:23 AM PDT by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: cotton1706

I have had Mike McFadden on my charts for a while.
but this is the first time I have heard of Julianne Ortman.
If Minnesota is vulnerable to a flip from D to R, then
it would indicate a very bad November for the democrats.


6 posted on 04/04/2014 5:58:38 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: alloysteel

True, they did just counting until he won, but that does meant it will work again. And certainly not if the margin is several percentage points against him.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 6:00:31 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Franken won because he ran during a presidential election year. This time around, he's in a mid-term, and turnout will be much lower.

Not saying he'll lose, but his path to re-election is more difficult.

8 posted on 04/04/2014 6:04:38 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

just think if Franken hadn’t won that recount... there would be no Obamacare.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 6:06:42 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: cotton1706

connected to the Koch Bros.
connected to the Koch Bros.
connected to the Koch Bros.
connected to the Koch Bros.
connected to the Koch Bros.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 6:25:58 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Repeal The 17th
but this is the first time I have heard of Julianne Ortman.

I don't know her, but...

http://www.mngopac.org/2013/12/press-release-mn-gun-owners-pac-endorses-julianne-ortman-for-united-states-senate/

GOPAC is the political action committee operating in parallel with the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, which is the group that pushed shall-issue through the MN legislature. (You may remember MN Concealed Carry Reform Now. MNCCRN was a subsidiary of GOCRA, and has been folded back into the parent organization after shall-issue passed, because "Concealed Carry Reform, ten years ago!" sounds rather stupid.)

11 posted on 04/04/2014 6:30:05 AM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege

Any gut feeling regarding Mike McFadden vs. Julianne Ortman?


12 posted on 04/04/2014 6:41:37 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: cotton1706

Here’s Al Franken’s new campaign slogan.....

“Skunga blat née wingo wingo!”

It makes as much sense as anything else he’s ever said.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 6:46:23 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

We already had one “Al Franken Decade”, we don’t need another one.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 6:49:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Repeal The 17th; jdege

Citizens United endorses Ortman in Minnesota
thehill.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Camerion Joseph

Posted on Friday, April 04, 2014 5:41:36 AM by cotton1706

The conservative group Citizens United is endorsing Minnesota state Sen. Julianne Ortman’s (R) Senate campaign, bucking establishment Republicans who want businessman Mike McFadden (R) to lock up the nomination against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).


15 posted on 04/04/2014 6:58:16 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: Repeal The 17th

If you care about secure borders, I ask you to think twice about Mike McFadden. He supports the Gang of 8 bill. His campaign literature says he’s against amnesty, but his support of the Gang of 8 bill belies that assertion.


16 posted on 04/04/2014 7:04:50 AM PDT by Parmenio
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To: dfwgator

Al Franken is a real animal lover. Why, they had a Goat Show and Al Franken showed up to help. They would wash the goats, and Al Franken would blow dry them. Everyone knows Al Franken blows goats.


17 posted on 04/04/2014 7:09:40 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cotton1706

Franken was elected by massive voter fraud. In a razor thin election against Norm Coleman, ballot boxes that had been “lost” suddenly appeared with every ballot cast for Franken.


18 posted on 04/04/2014 7:35:14 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: cotton1706

Al Franken’s Senate career is just like his comedy career - a failure, but he thinks he’s a success.


19 posted on 04/04/2014 7:46:41 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Ortman is the most conservative I guess.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 7:56:16 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

2014 election campaign ping.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 8:10:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Any gut feeling regarding Mike McFadden vs. Julianne Ortman

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/07/23/gops-mcfadden-builds-from-blank-political-slate/:

While describing himself as a strong believer in gun rights, McFadden also said he could vote for widening background checks for gun purchases.

"It does bother me that someone who couldn't pass a background check at Walmart could then go right down to a gun show and buy a gun," McFadden said. "So I would consider expanded background checks, specifically closing that gun show loophole."


22 posted on 04/04/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege

Sounds like McFadden is an idiot.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 9:01:39 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Parmenio
If you care about secure borders, I ask you to think twice about Mike McFadden. He supports the Gang of 8 bill. His campaign literature says he’s against amnesty, but his support of the Gang of 8 bill belies that assertion.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/07/23/gops-mcfadden-builds-from-blank-political-slate/

But he steered a middle course on some hot-button issues. On immigration, McFadden said any changes to immigration law would have to start with securing U.S. borders, but said he isn't opposed to finding a way for millions of immigrants now here illegally to obtain citizenship.

"As Republicans, we need to get our arms around this," McFadden said. He said he wants to see "outreach to the Hispanic community, because if they're not already Republicans they have the potential to be great Republicans because they have strong family values, they're entrepreneurial, they work hard, they're industrious. We need to appeal to them."


24 posted on 04/04/2014 9:03:24 AM PDT by jdege
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To: cotton1706

franken should be in prison for steeling an election.


25 posted on 04/04/2014 9:26:13 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Night Hides Not

He didn’t win. It was voter fraud, pure and simple.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 10:48:51 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Repeal The 17th

this is the first time I have heard of Julianne Ortman
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Hmmmmm....... Where have you been, my friend? As a Side Note: She is one of the ladies running for a Senate seat that has been endorsed by Sarah Palin.


27 posted on 04/05/2014 6:57:48 AM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009; All
just think if Franken hadn’t won that recount... there would be no Obamacare.

Tangent to this...

* Where the H&!! was Mitch McConnell in 06' and 08' with a Republican Senate Electoral Committee to get Republican Senators voted in?
* Why was he blind sided by George Soro's Secretary of State at the State Level Initiative to get Uber Liberal SoS's elected because they are the one's who "count the votes"?
* Why isn't Mitch on a screed for Voter ID and other State based reforms given 1100 Felons voted for Franken?

I don't revel in my insubordination against "our" leadership, but I pray for a Bevin win, I can't stand the disappointment any longer....

28 posted on 04/05/2014 7:05:41 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: Din Maker

I am a long ways from Minnesota.


29 posted on 04/05/2014 8:43:49 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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