Coleman Looking Increasingly Vulnerable in Minnesota
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 10:41:16 PM EDT
Republican Norm Coleman is in the interesting position of being one of the few incumbent Senators this year who was outraised in the second quarter by at least one of his challengers (in the case of Coleman, Democrat Al Franken). But that's not the only bad news for Coleman's hopes of winning a second term in the Senate. New polling of Minnesota registered voters conducted over the weekend by SurveyUSA indicates that Coleman can't hit 50 percent against any of his potential Democratic challengers.
628 RVs, July 26-29, MoE +/- 4% (2/07)
Coleman 49 (57) Franken 42 (35)
Coleman 48 (57) Ciresi 42 (34)
Coleman 49 (N/A) Cohen 37 (N/A)
Coleman doesn't appear to be in quite the bind that his fellow Republican freshman John Sununu is in over in New Hampshire, with the Granite State GOP Senator consistently trailing his potential Democratic challenger Jean Shaheen by a margin well into the double digits. Nonetheless, Coleman is extremely weak -- and the fact that he continues to stand by the President on the Iraq War isn't helping out his case.
Republicans have been salivating over the possibility that Franken will get the nomination because as a comedian and entertainer Franken is seemingly unelectable in Minnesota. But Republicans really need to start worrying about their own, because if this pace keeps up and Coleman becomes even a bit less popular than he is now, he may be the unelectable one.