According to this Rasmussen Reports article, Rasmussen’s polling is showing a distinct pro-coleman trend:

Coming off what many view as his strongest debate performance of the campaign last Thursday, Coleman leads Franken 43% to 39% in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.

Independent candidate Dean Barkley is favored by 14%. Four percent (4%) remain undecided.

Coleman’s lead is within the margin of error and the race has additional uncertainty due to the presence of a solid third party candidate.

A week ago Franken had a four-point lead, 41% to 37%, and Barkley, the wild card in the race, registered 17% support. The lead has gone back and forth between the two major party candidates since July, but the comedy writer and longtime Democratic activist has been ahead in all surveys in October.

That’s an 8 point swing in just a week. Franken’s support dropped by 2 points. During that same timeframe, Sen. Coleman’s support has jumped 6 points. I suspect that much of Sen. Coleman’s increased support is a result of him ‘going positive’ with his advertising.

But the latest survey, taken Tuesday night, shows Coleman solidifying his GOP base by taking votes from Barkley and also pulling Democratic votes away from Franken. In between the two surveys, the Republican, who is seeking a second term in the Senate, also picked up a surprise endorsement from the state’s leading newspaper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Strib denying Al Franken their endorsement has hurt Franken. While it’s wrong to say that this swing was caused by the Strib’s endorsement of Sen. Coleman, the truth is that Sen. Coleman’s campaign event have rallied voters. I’ve been to at least 4 of Sen. Coleman’s events, including one this afternoon. Each event has been stronger than the previous one. Norm got a couple standing ovations at last night’s Talk the Vote event.

Today’s event was the raucus event that last night’s event was but applause for Sen. Coleman was still strong today.

I’d be remiss to not talk about Norm’s closing argument. He’s brilliant in working in this question: How can you tell if someone will fight for you in Washington, DC? His answer cuts to the heart of the matter: Because he’s already fought for you. I’m convinced that people are making a final decision and they’re noticing that Al Franken talks alot but that he hasn’t done anything for Minnesotans.

That’s a stark contrast from Sen. Coleman. That’s finally sinking in. That’s why I expect Sen Coleman to win Tuesday.

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2 Responses to “Rasmussen Reports Dramatic Pro-Coleman Movement”

  • walter hanson says:

    I think it’s because the public knows that Coleman has went positive and more important with the tone of one of his commercials shows we have serious problems and he wants to attack them.

    All Franken has been offering Coleamn is bad and doesn’t deserve to be Senator. That’s why he’s losing.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    In other words, you can’t beat something with nothing. I agree.

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