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Franken or Coleman: Minnesota’s clout in the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota’s Congressional clout will rank somewhere in the middle regardless of who gets elected to the open Senate seat, according to the Roll Call’s biennial state-by-state assessment.

If Al Franken wins, Minnesota will tie with Arizona for 30th. If Norm Coleman wins, the North Star state will grab the 31st spot, instead.

In this case, being part of the majority party outranks seniority — but only slightly.

If you break it down by clout per member, a Franken win would also tip Minnesota’s standing a little higher.
In that case, Minnesota would rank 39th in clout per member if Franken won, and 40th in clout per member if Coleman won.

California, New York and Texas — the three most populous states — led the pack with most overall clout.

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