Poll: Klobuchar remains safe, Obama leads Republicans in MN

In Minnesota, President Barack Obama leads both Mitt Romney (by a little) and Michele Bachmann (by a lot) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar has 30-point leads over her two largely unknown 2012 Republican opponents, according to a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.

Obama leads Minnesotan Bachmann by a whopping 28 points, 57-29. In all the head-to-head match-ups KSTP polled, that’s the only one in which Obama cracked 50 percent.

He leads Romney 45-39 in the state, but 16 percent of voters remain undecided. Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Ron Paul all trail Obama 48-35 with 17 percent undecided.

Obama won Minnesota by 10 points in 2008. The state hasn’t favored a Republican in any presidential race since 1972. 

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar has 30-point leads on both declared Republicans, former state Rep. Dan Severson (55-23) and St. Bonifacius city councilmember Joe Arwood (56-22). Both candidates have low name recognition, and when Klobuchar is pitted, hypothetically, against better-known Republicans — former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Sen. Norm Coleman — she leads by 12 and 13 points respectively.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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