Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014

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A great politican comedian vs. a great unintentional politican comedian... it could be a lot of fun!
Michele Bachmann for U.S. Senator? Believe it or not, new polling suggests Minnesota Republicans like the sound of that.

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According to the latest Public Policy Polling survey, 45 percent of "usual Republican primary voters" in the state want Bachmann to challenge Al Franken in 2014. She's far and away the top choice -- second place is U.S. Rep. John Kline, the preferred candidate for 19 percent of MNGOPers.

In a surprising twist, Bachmann is the favored choice among those who identify as "very conservative" (46 percent), "somewhat conservative" (45 percent), and moderate (45 percent). Maybe moderates just want to see her take on Franken because it'll be highly entertaining, politics be damned?

Anyway, being the popular choice among Republicans doesn't necessarily mean Bachmann would have a chance against Franken. From PPP's poll summary:
The problem with GOP voters in the state wanting Bachmann as their Senate standard bearer is that she does the worst of anyone we tested against Franken, trailing him 54/40, including a 50/39 deficit with independents. Only 35% of voters in the state have a positive opinion of her, compared to 59% who see her in a negative light. The desire of Minnesota Republicans to nominate Bachmann suggests they didn't learn much from their failures last year.
Norm Coleman actually presents Franken with the toughest hypothetical matchup (Franken leads 50-44), but Coleman recently went on the record and said he has no interest in a 2008 rematch. Franken's second-toughest matchup at the moment is Kline, who trails 49-41.

Unfortunately for the MNGOP, the bottom line is that Franken is popular in Minnesota, and with an uninspiring batch of Republican candidates to choose from, he probably won't have too much trouble winning reelection. More from PPP:
Al Franken's in good shape heading into his reelection cycle. Our newest poll finds 52% of Minnesota voters approving of him to 41% who disapprove. Those solid numbers are pretty consistent with where we've found him for most of the last year...

It's early in the cycle but at least for now Al Franken does not appear to be among the more vulnerable incumbent Senators.

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green23
green23 topcommenter

The cross-tabs in this poll are very revealing. More than two-thirds of moderates choose Franken over Bachmann. Bachmann loses female voters by 26 points, and seniors by 17 points. 

The low percentages of "not sure" for Bachmann show that she is a known quantity. There isn't any 'image rehab' possible. That's what happens with polarising candidates. 35% have a favourable opinion of Bachmann, and 29% of the State self-identifies as a Republican. That leaves only 6% of the non-Republicans in the State liking her - and most of those are probably third-Party identifiers. 

Still, she's on track to improve on Bills by 9%. That says more about Bills than it does about Bachmann.

Brian Steidl
Brian Steidl

BRING IT ON! She will rock the world with a logic bomb that will blow your mind and bring common sense to a new realm of sub genius

Dave Troy
Dave Troy

Perfect way to get rid of her!

Liam McDonald
Liam McDonald

omg bachman all the way,she ain nah dumb betchhhh......

Ax Ackerman
Ax Ackerman

excellent idea! rebubli-stupid at full steam! you go gurl!

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

Franklin would win because Bachmann is a big loser

Vicki Price
Vicki Price

Hopefully her not paying her staffers will lead to her having criminal charges pressed.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

John Kline would never run.  He's too content soaking up all that for profit education money while doing only corrupt things in the House.  He's either too boring or too stupid to make news.   I would hate Bachmann to run.  She's too important sucking up stupid people's money barely winning a safe GOP seat.  The best thing about Bachmann is she is too stupid to lie.  She says the exact things she thinks which teaches people not to vote for GOP stupidity.  John Kline is a slimeball who pretends to be nice while voting the exact same as Bachmann so I'd much rather see Al Frranken beat him down than Bachmann. 

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Pretty sure Bachmann would lose her ass on this one, but damn, the debates would be EPIC!

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

I'd like to see her in a porno, specifically being taken from behind just to see those "crazy eyes" roll in the back of her head.

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

Franken has ben a huge dissappointment, he hasn't made me laugh at all since he was elected

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

I'm with Andrew, Bring her on! She'll lose to Franken and lose her seat! Win Win situation!

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

Well, clearly Al Franken! Because he is good enough, he is smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.

Kipp Woxland
Kipp Woxland

I don't know but there would be a very long and arduous recount process.

Bryce Otter Larson
Bryce Otter Larson

considering she almost lost to a no name democrat nominee that she outspent by millions... I'd say the guy that holds his seat fairly firmly.

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Brace yourselves, the Anti Bachmann comments are coming.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

Please, please, please, please, please let this happen.

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Third part time we need neither a crazy wacko ignoramous nor a anti gun democrat. We cant afford gun grabbers any more.

Andrew Hine
Andrew Hine

She would lose, AND obviously lose her Rep seat. Go for it, Shelly!

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