National Journal calls Minnesota Senate campaign ‘a sleeper race’

A story today in the National Journal about Republican chances to regain control of the U.S. Senate in November mentions the Minnesota race, calling Al Franken’s seat the 14th likeliest to flip.

The story says the odds are 50-50 that the Republicans will win control of the Senate, and still lists the Franken race as low on its flip list.

Says the story about Minnesota’s race:

14) Minnesota (D, Sen. Al Franken) (Previous: 14)

Welcome to the new sleeper race of 2014. Investment banker Mike McFadden, who won the state party endorsement in May to effectively clear the GOP field, has the personal wealth to at least partially self-fund a campaign—a necessity for a contest otherwise off the radars of most national donors. Even as they remain resolutely confident of Al Franken’s chances, Democrats are quietly conceding that this is a race that could end up closer than most people expect. This is, after all, a lawmaker who won his first race by fewer than 1,000 votes.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Mike Worcester on 06/26/2014 - 03:51 pm.

    Why Is It Surprising

    That Sen. Franken’s re-election race will be close? Despite Sen. Kloubachar’s romp in 2012, Minnesota is not a sold blue state like Massachusetts or Rhode Island or Hawaii. Whomever wins will likely do so with less than 50% of the vote, which will be in keeping with many past statewide races in the last two decades.

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