MN Governor Mark Dayton -Senator Al Franken KSTP/USA POll In Political Trouble

Minnesota remembers how DFL Senator Al Franken stole his election with just over 300 votes in a state of almost 7 million with mystery ballots showing up in re-count. Franken was the KEY vote that gave the US and Minnesota Obamacare and lost the Senate to the DFL. Voted 100% along Obama lines.

DFL Governor Mark Dayton (the Senate quitter) with a run-away DFL congress has TAXED the living daylights of Minnesotans and is at the top of the list of most taxed state.

7. Minnesota
> Taxes paid by residents as pct. of income: 10.7%
> Total state taxes collected: $20.6 billion (12th highest)
> Tax burden per capita: $4,858 (7th largest)
> Income per capita: $45,552 (14th highest)

Minnesota had the seventh-highest sales tax rate of any state in the country. As a way to lure tourists to the Mall of America, one of the largest shopping malls in the U.S., the state does not tax clothing or shoe purchases. In addition to a high sales tax, state residents pay a 28.5 cent excise tax per gallon of gasoline, the seventh-highest rate in the country. Relief from the high gas tax is not likely to come anytime soon, as the state’s Department of Transportation has been pushing for a higher fuel tax in order to increase funding for highway and bridge projects. As of 2011, Minnesota residents already paid 8.1% of their income in taxes within their home state, one of the highest figures in the nation.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken survived recounts when they won their first elections to the governor’s office and U.S. Senate. According to our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, they might have to sweat our close races again in 2014.

Franken clings to a six-point lead over his closest Republican challenger Mike McFadden, 48 percent to 42 percent. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percent. Governor Dayton also faces a potentially close re-election bid. He also leads his nearest competitor by just six points. The GOP-endorsed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson, trails Dayton 46% to 40%

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Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken survived recounts when they won their first elections to the governor’s office and U.S. Senate. According to our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, they might have to sweat our close races again in 2014. Franken clings to a six-point lead over his closest Republican challenger Mike McFadden, 48 percent to 42 percent. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percent.

Hard to remember sometimes that Minnesota is perfectly capable of electing Republicans, given that it’s a fairly reliable Democratic vote in Presidential elections. But both Dayton and Franken won their elections by small margins in years where everything broke right for the Democrats: and it’s not like Minnesota is doing all that well during either term. Incumbents who are below 50 and only leading their likely opponents by mid-single digits are obviously not losing; but neither are they safe. Also, in case you were wondering: while moving from a RV to a LV screen had this particular poll only improved moderately for Franken/McFadden, it improved Dayton/Johnson by double digits.

Again: this does not mean that we’re going to win either the Minnesota’s gubernatorial or Senate race. It does suggest, though, that the same electoral conditions that are giving Democrats severe electoral headwinds right now are also present in Minnesota. It will be interesting to see what happens after the primaries are over…

 

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