Posted at 8:11 AM on October 7, 2008
by Tom Scheck
A new MPR/Humphrey Institute poll shows that Democrat Barack Obama has surged ahead of Republican John McCain in the past week. Those polled found the race in a dead heat before Thursday's vice-presidential debate. Obama surged ahead after the debate. The reason: voters are more confident in how Obama would handle the financial crisis and Joe Biden's performance in the debate.
The U of M's Larry Jacobs says the race is far from over. 12% of those polled are still undecided and a fifth say they can change their mind before election day.
Here's the story (with graphics).
Posted at 8:15 AM on October 7, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Here's the release:
ST. PAUL -Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, will return to Minnesota on Monday, October 13, 2008.
Mrs. Obama will speak with Minnesota voters about the everyday challenges that working families face as our economy worsens, following eight years of failed economic policies. She will share her perspective on the clear choice voters have in this election between change and more of the same. Mrs. Obama will discuss Barack Obama and Joe Biden's long records of standing up for women and families, and their commitment to reversing the last eight years of economic policies that put the special interests ahead of hardworking American families.
More details, including event locations and times, will be announced in the coming days.
A new MPR/Humphrey Institute poll shows that the race for president has changed dramatically in Minnesota in the past week. The poll found that Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain were in a dead heat before Thursday's vice-presidential debate. Obama surged ahead after the debate.
The race, however, is far from over since 12% of those polled are still undecided and a fifth say they can change their mind before election day. That's why Republican John McCain is making another trip to Minnesota. He'll hold a Friday town hall at a Lakeville high school. He will also make a stop in La Crosse, WI on Friday.
The second debate is on for tonight.
As the Dow dropped below 10,000, the race turns nasty.
McCain ramps up the criticism of Obama, accusing him of lying. Obama shoots back that McCain is lying.
An attendee at a McCain rally called Obama a terrorist. The sheriff who introduced Sarah Palin in Florida called Obama "Barack Hussein Obama." It's going to get ugly especially if Obama keeps going up in poll after poll.
Obama goes after McCain for his relationship with a key figure in the Keating 5 scandal.
AP says McCain is linked on an Iran/Contra group.
AP says both candidates are slinging mud.
The New York Times fact checks McCain's speech that rips Obama.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will campaign in rural Colorado Obama.
2008 Race for Senate
Harpers Magazine says a Coleman funder bought Coleman some clothes.
I-P candidate Dean Barkley will speak at the U of M on Wednesday.
Roll Call (subscription required) says Barkley is slipping into the picture.
Stu Rothenberg says Democratic Senate candidates nationwide (including Al Franken) opposed the bailout bill.
The NFIB will spend $570k targeting DFLer Al Franken.
The Star Tribune fact checks the ads.
Norm Coleman's campaign spokesman won't say whether Coleman supports John McCain's health care proposal.
WCCO Reality Checks Sunday's debate.
2008 Race for Congress
The NRCC canceled a week of ad buys for Republican Erik Paulsen. They also reserve time for GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz talks issues with seniors.
Walz also writes an op-ed on why he voted against the bailout bill.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has a top ten list from the bailout bill.
2008 Race for Legislature
52 school districts have levies on the ballot.
Campus registration drives are in full swing.
The Star Tribune says jockeying for the race for governor has begun.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad tout a bill that hopes to make it more difficult for copper thieves to sell their property.
The feds agree to customs staffing in Duluth after lawmakers object. Coleman and DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar are mentioned.
The state is weighing whether it should buy more avian flu medication.
The White Earth band plans a criminal code to replace state law.
Retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., says the man trying to keep his seat in Republican hands is the victim of a smear campaign.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been running television ads and mailing out fliers accusing Republican candidate Erik Paulsen of voting against veterans and taking campaign money raised at a strip club.
Ramstad hold up fliers claiming Paulsen took money from a strip club fundraiser
Independent media reports have found both those claims highly misleading. In an event organized by the Paulsen campaign, Ramstad said it's the dirtiest campaign he's seen during his career in politics.
"I'll never forget some of those early campaigns and I've never seen trash like what's been leveled against Erik Paulsen," Ramstad said. "I've never seen such gutter politics, certainly not in Minnesota."
Paulsen also took some questions from reporters at the event. You can hear the whole press conference here:
Paulsen's DFL opponent Ashwin Madia has no control over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But Madia says "to the extent they are inaccurate" he condemns the ads.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, the GOP counterpart to the DCCC, had planned to run ads supporting Paulsen, but has recently scaled back ad buys with at least two Twin Cities television stations.
Paulsen told WCCO Sunday that when all the spending by outside groups like the DCCC is included, he expects to be outspent in the race four-to-one.
Madia releases new policy details
Meanwhile, Madia Tuesday released some new policy proposals aimed at helping small businesses.
They included a tax credit for companies that cover a "significant portion" of their workers' health insurance premiums.
In a phone interview this afternoon, I talked with Madia about the proposals, Ramstad's comments and a new Paulsen ad that accuses him of lying.
The Paulsen ad is not available online, yet, but when it is, Polinaut will have the link for you.