Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014

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MNGOPers want to see these former U.S. Senators duke it out in 2014.
With a 53 percent approval rating, Mark Dayton looks like he'll be tough to beat in 2014. But as of right now, polling indicates Norm Coleman has the inside track to become the Republican who gets a shot to knock him off.

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The latest Public Policy Polling survey indicates Coleman is the preferred 2014 gubernatorial candidate for 57 percent of Minnesota Republicans, which makes him far and away the most popular choice. None of the other possible MNGOP candidates PPP included in the survey -- Keith "I See Dead People" Downey, David "Conflict of Interest" Hann, Jeff Johnson, Julie Rosen, Marty Seifert, and Kurt Zellers -- crack the 5 percent mark.

But Dayton easily takes care of Coleman in their hypothetical matchup by a 52-39 margin. In fact, the closest hypothetical race pits Dayton against none other than T-Paw, with Dayton ahead 50-42.

PPP's survey indicates that if the MNGOP thinks outside the box and goes with someone other than Coleman or T-Paw part deux, name recognition will be a big problem. From the survey summary:
None of the other Republicans we tested against Dayton- Kurt Zellers, Keith Downey, Julie Rosen, and Jeff Johnson- have greater than 33% name recognition. They all trail Dayton by margins greater than 20 points- Zellers and Downey each trail by 23 points at 52/29 and 53/30 respectively, Johnson trails by 24 at 53/29, and Rosen trails by 25 at 52/27. If any of these folks ended up as the candidate they'd likely get closer as their name recognition increased, but certainly Dayton would start out as a substantial favorite against any of them.
In other words, unlike his tenure in the U.S. Senate, expect Dayton to be around for a second term as governor -- unless, of course, something dramatic and unforeseen happens between now and November 2014.


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Mufo Rommney Zomby
Mufo Rommney Zomby

really ? REALLY GEY NEW BLOOD really? they work together they r clones lets get with it losers TOTAL LOSERS YA hey i brought back hockey... we believe that?? pussywads

Mufo Rommney Zomby
Mufo Rommney Zomby

not these chumps lets get new chumps they fuxed it up enuff... YEP

green23
green23 topcommenter

Also interesting in this poll is that the percentage who self-identify as Republicans has dropped 4% since *mid-September* to only 29% -- which is much lower than the 41% who consider themselves at least "somewhat conservative". So much for the MNGOP rallying conservatives through ideological purity. 

Nice to also see that the "rising stars" of the MNGOP are names that are unknown to more than two-thirds of the State. 

In the end, only 14% of the State considers themselves to be "very conservative". You can't win State-wide office by appealing to only 14%.

Eric Kanzenbach
Eric Kanzenbach

You better send a BUNCH of liberals to prison then. Start with Hillary.

Eric Kanzenbach
Eric Kanzenbach

I am not a fan of Dayton at all ... but Norm Coleman?How does Soth Park say? A turd sandwich vs a giant dusche? I am a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. Neither of these guys do it for me. We need to look into 3rd parties more people. I met Normy once, I pissed him off for my own entertainment. He lost to a pro wrestler and THEN to a comedian, lmao! Idk, he didn't think I was funny.

Tony Dean
Tony Dean

Coleman should tried as a war criminal for authoring the Iraq War Bill on bullshit info!!!!

Nathan David Teegarden
Nathan David Teegarden

Is Coleman still around? How many elections does he have to lose before he gives up? Here in Saint Paul we're still paying for the damage he did to the economy.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

Norm "Nasser Kazeminy buys my suits" Coleman? Could the Republicans be in love with a more corrupt bag man than Norm Coleman?

Sorry 'pugs, Norm can't afford to give up his cushy lobbying gigs to take a pay cut by returning to the U.S. Senate.

Richard Peterson
Richard Peterson

Oh please, oh please, oh please.... If not Norm, then Michelle Bachmann.

Theresa Bruckner
Theresa Bruckner

Why, that's an excellent idea, MNGOP! Just keep running that guy. It always goes so well for you!

Dan Gustafson
Dan Gustafson

What three republicans did you ask? I don't know of any that want Norm back in office.

webcelt
webcelt

@Kevin Lane I wouldn't be so sure. No one looks strong against Dayton, but Coleman probably would have the best chance between name recognition and ability to raise money. Though PPP indicates Coleman would have a little better shot against Franken. Pawlenty could raise money too and I still expect him to run against Dayton, but maybe he and Coleman will switch preferred races this time. Any other Republican takes a risk of being Kurt Bills part 2. Even with a substantial lead, if I could pick Dayton and Franken's opponents, I'd pick, well, Kurt Bills. He's not going to run of course, but I'd pick some unknown crank with no money.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mark.gisleson  Yeah dumbfuck Republicans.  This con man is retired and has a cushy job.  Norm has never cared about Republican politics or making the United States stronger, he only cares about himself.   How are you Republicans still such stupid fools?  He's not like Al Franken who sacrifices his personal wealth to help people.   Norm is a greedy asshole who takes advantage of the stupid bigots in society to get elected so he can do the bidding of the rich. 

green23
green23 topcommenter

@Dan Gustafson It was "275 usual Republican primary voters" - not 3.  

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