Sen. Amy Klobuchar has a huge lead on a number of potential Republican opponents for 2012, a new poll released Thursday found.

The poll, from Public Policy Polling, puts Klobuchar at least 13 points ahead against five Republicans in a hypothetical Senate match-up. The closest Republican, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is already off and running for a higher office.

Klobuchar leads Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is also looking to the White House and not the Senate, by 20 points, 57-37. And she has leads of 27-28 points against three lesser-known statewide candidates, including Dan Severson, the only declared Republican Senate candidate so far. He ran unsuccessfully for Minnesota Secretary of State in 2010. (Update: Long-shot candidate Bob Carney tells Hot Dish that he is also running for Senate. He received 8 percent in last year's GOP gubernatorial primary.)

Klobuchar’s favorability is now at 61 percent in Minnesota, according to the poll, up from 59 percent in December 2010.

Read the full results and demographic info below:

PPP Release MN 0602

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