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Klobuchar versus? 2012 Minnesota U.S. Senate poll coming …

Even though Election 2010 isn’t over, Public Policy Polling plans to survey Minnesota about the 2012 Senate race this weekend. Pollster Tom Jensen also wants to know “if Tim Pawlenty’s bad week had any effect on his numbers in the state.”

Amy Klobuchar is up for re-election; Jensen is looking for readers to nominate opponents. I suggested the obvious one – Michele Bachmann — as well as Pawlenty. He’s also looking for other questions to ask, so this is a chance for you to do something other than answer questions.

By the way, PPP polled Minnesota once this past election cycle, and its late-October number was good, giving Mark Dayton a 3-point gubernatorial lead over Tom Emmer. The poll’s proprietors are Democrats, but overall, PPP is ranked highly by reviewers such as

Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Arito Moerair on 12/02/2010 - 01:04 pm.

    Klobuchar will not be defeated. She is relatively popular and has some Republican support. Moreover, 2012 is a presidential year, and Obama will bring out many voters. Klobuchar will ride those coattails to victory.

    I could see Pawlenty trying it since he’ll be obliterated in the presidential primaries just over a year from now. But I’d rather see Bachmann run. She would be absolutely destroyed and watching a good thumping of her would be most enjoyable.

  2. Submitted by Bernie Hesse on 12/02/2010 - 01:19 pm.

    I think a number of us in the labor community will be looking at all offices and recruiting labor union members to run for office. Our success in electing Al Franken (union member) to the senate is a measure of our success and given the dismal outcome of both state house and state senate races- a number of us will be investing more of our resources into direct voter contact. While Senator Klobuchar ran on the issue of trade, jobs, and had Mark Kennedy (not the greatest candidate)we hope to engage her campaign and hold her accountable on labor issues. Klobuchar office at times has been too deliberate and given her immense popularity- she needs to step up and lead on labor law reform, fair trade, and real healthcare reform. We will not rubber stamp an endorsement on any candidate in 2012.

  3. Submitted by Joseph Skar on 12/02/2010 - 03:52 pm.

    I’m starting to think Eric Magnuson would be a good candidate. But he may not be able to debate Klob on the finer points of lead poisoning, as she seems to think that is the most important issue facing the world…ever.

  4. Submitted by Mark Heuring on 12/02/2010 - 09:45 pm.

    Waaay too soon to know who the GOP candidate will be. It could be T-Paw if his presidential bid flames out, but my guess is that a more likely challenger would be someone like Marty Seifert or perhaps Laura Brod.

  5. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 12/02/2010 - 10:17 pm.

    Eric Magnuson would make a fine moderate GOP candidate. I could support someone with his credentials. Although I wonder if he could get past the endorsement process in the current version of the GOP.

  6. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 12/03/2010 - 09:54 am.

    If Amy K. runs on her “success” in keeping her campaign promises, any Republican would win.

  7. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/03/2010 - 12:53 pm.

    @#1 – “Klobuchar will not be defeated.”
    I hardly think that is an irrefutable conclusion. What is happening now in Congress (the issue of tying unemployment-benefits extension to making tax cuts permanent for the you-know-who) is going to have repercussions in 2012. Klobuchar and Obama are going to be judged by what they do now. Other issues will also arise that voters hold near and dear (and remember), and on which K & O will have to deliver.

    @#6 – “If Amy K. runs on her “success” in keeping her campaign promises, …”
    You are, as usual, vague and unspecific in your assertions.

  8. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 12/03/2010 - 03:29 pm.

    @#7 – You voted for her? Can’t you remember what she promised to do, or does it not make a difference?

  9. Submitted by Jim Roth on 12/03/2010 - 04:55 pm.

    Pawlenty, Bachmann, Magnuson??? You have to do better than that…

  10. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/03/2010 - 05:29 pm.

    @#8 …

    Again, the non-committal posture on your part. Please say what you want to say flat out instead of beating about the bush.

    Your question or remark can be turned on its head …

    You didn’t vote for her? Are you disappointed now that she has met your (negative) expectations, or does it make any difference to you anyway?

    But, honestly though, I do not care who you voted for, and I’m sure you don’t care about my voting record either.

  11. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/04/2010 - 09:36 am.

    Klobuchar will continue to win with the rubes as long as she continues to use her maiden name. It’s like, some people actually thought Mark Dayton owned and operated the Dayton department stores. It pays to be a democrat politician in the land of Ole and Lena.

  12. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/05/2010 - 10:18 am.

    “It pays to be a democrat politician in the land of Ole and Lena.”

    Amen to that from this so-called “rube.” And thank the Lord we ain’t in damned Arizona!

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