WASHINGTON — Amy Klobuchar holds a wide early lead over a field of potential GOP challengers, according to new poll out this morning, bouyed by large favorability ratings among independent voters.
Klobuchar has a 28-point lead over the only announced challenger, former state Rep. Dan Severson, 56-28, in the new Public Policy Polling survey. She’s up 27 points over two other potential GOP hopefuls, former Attorney General nominee Chris Barden and state Sen. Dave Thompson. The ratings for those three were so low, PPP said, because the three Republicans are largely unknown.
PPP is a Democratic-leaning firm based in North Carolina, but has been rated one of the most accurate pollsters in America. The firm surveyed 1,179 Minnesota voters and this poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percent.
Interestingly, Klobuchar would also handily beat two very well-known Minnesota Republicans who are running for president. In hypothetical matchups, Klobuchar leads Tim Pawlenty 54-41, and leads Michele Bachmann 57-37. Nether of those matchups are going to happen, but they give an idea of Klobuchar’s baseline when one removes ambiguity about her opponent: A mainline Republican trails by 13, an extremely conservative one trails by 20.
The full poll, including crosstabs, is here.