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Rasmussen: Coleman back in Senate lead

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Norm Coleman vaulting back into the U.S. Senate lead 43 percent to 39 percent over Al Franken. Dean Barkley clocks in with 14 percent.

A week ago, Franken lead Coleman 41-37 in a Rasmussen survey. This is Coleman's first Rasmussen lead since in over a month — and his largest since April.

Especially noteworthy is women voters' big swing to Norm — he trailed Franken by 8 points a week ago, and now leads by seven, the pollster says. Did the negative-ad "ban" help?

Coleman has consolidated Republican support, which leaped from 79 percent to 90 percent, indicating Norm is winning the "base" war. Barkley, meanwhile, is now pulling away twice as many Democrats (10 percent) as Republicans (5 percent).

The 500-person survey has a relatively high margin of sampling error of plus/minus 4.5 percent. (Hat tip: MPR's Tom Scheck.)

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