With an insider’s eye, Hot Dish tracks the tastiest bits of Minnesota’s political scene and keep you up-to-date on those elected to serve you.

Contributors in Minnesota: Patrick Condon, J. Patrick Coolican, Patricia Lopez, Ricardo Lopez, Abby Simons, and Glen Stubbe. Contributors in D.C.: Allison Sherry and Jim Spencer.

KSTP poll: Franken holds single digit leads over some Republican challengers

Posted by: under Minnesota U.S. senators, Minnesota campaigns, National campaigns, Democrats, Republicans Updated: March 4, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken has single digit leads over some of his Republican opponents, a new KSTP/Survey USA poll found.

Franken, who won his first election by just a few hundred votes, had 8 percentage point leads over two of his challengers and a larger leads over four others.

Here are the numbers from the pollster:

  • "Franken 50%, Republican Mike McFadden 40%.
  • Franken 50%, Republican Harold Shudlick 36%.
  • Franken 50%, Republican Monti Moreno 36%.
  • Franken 49%, Republican Julianne Ortman 41%
  • Franken 49%, Republican Chris Dahlberg 41%.
  • Franken 49%, Republican Jim Abeler 37%."

The same poll found that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton with larger leads over his Republican opponents. According to the poll, Dayton had between 17 and 21 percentage point leads over the candidates seeking to oust him.

Methodology from the pollster:

"SurveyUSA interviewed 600 state of MN adults 02/25/14 through 02/27/14. Of the adults, 545 were registered to vote, and were asked about the election pairings. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (69% of registered voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (31% of registered voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device."

A separate Washington Post/ABC poll found that in states with U.S. Senate races this year, Republicans have an edge over Democrats.

Photo: A new generation voting machine being demonstrated

today's newsletter

  • A late-night taste of Prince's new music

    Prince offered samples of a funky new solo album during an intimate late-night preview. He didn’t mention the album’s title or release date, but he did express frustration with the slow-grinding wheels of the record business.  Full storyFull story Updated Jun. 23, 2014


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters