Posted at 6:29 AM on October 27, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The Barna Group, a Christian based research group, said Barack Obama is polling much stronger among religious voters than Democrat John Kerry did in 2004.
"Anything can happen, but the election is clearly Obama's to lose," commented Kinnaman, president of the California-based Barna Group. "If Obama goes on to win, one of the significant stories will be the profile of the faith vote. People will wonder whether he won because of effective outreach by Democrats to the Christian community, ineffective efforts of Republicans, or shifts in the voting priorities of Christians, especially younger believers. Whatever the case, compared to when the names Kerry and Bush were on the ballot, the Democrats are poised to make up significant ground among born again and evangelical voters."
DFLer Ashwin Madia, Republican Erik Paulsen and I-P candidate David Dillon will be on MPR's Midday today to discuss issues in a 3rd District debate. The fun starts at 11.
The 3rd District candidates are all promising change.
The St. Cloud Times writes about GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann now rescinded pardon request.
AP says voters in the 6th are split on Bachmann.
The editor of Human Events writes about the NRCC's decision to pull ads for Bachmann.
The Star Tribune says DFL Rep. Keith Ellison has an easier path to victory than two years ago.
The Star Tribune takes a look at the races in the 7th and the 8th.
2008 Race for Senate
The NRSC drops a cartoon looking lit piece that goes after DFLer Al Franken.
Franken rallied union activists on Saturday.
Gov. Pawlenty will campaign with GOP Sen. Norm Coleman on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The final U.S. Senate debate is on Sunday.
Politico calls GOP Sen. Norm Coleman a "stand-out centrist" for 2008.
The St. Cloud Times endorses I-P candidate Dean Barkley.
The Mesabi Daily News endorses Coleman.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will campaign with Oregon's Democratic candidate on Wednesday.
2008 Race for President
Barack Obama will deliver a speech today that will make the closing argument for his campaign.
He rallied 100,000 plus in Colorado.
John McCain brushes off the poll numbers and says the campaign is doing fine.
McCain utters ethanol in Iowa.
The New York Times says the candidates are battling over old Bush turf in the final days of the campaign.
Gov. Pawlenty defends McCain on Face the Nation.
The Wall Street Journal says the health proposals for both candidates will face obstacles.
Col. Bud Day will campaign for McCain in Minnesota today.
The Barna Group says Obama is polling strong among religious voters.
2008 Race for Legislature
AP says the Minnesota House races have Gov. Pawlenty playing defense.
The La Crosse Tribune takes a look at one of the more competitive House races in the state - 31B.
Mortgage troubles are much more serious than predicted.
The Duluth News Tribune writes that the economic downturn could slow down the Iron Range's strong economy.
ABC News says voters have electoral exhaustion.
The Star Tribune says many rural Minnesota voters already voted by mail.
Attorney General Lori Swanson has joined other states in fighting a beef merger.
Posted at 10:17 AM on October 27, 2008
by Tom Scheck
All three candidates running in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District will be on Midday today at 11. DFLer Ashwin Madia, Republican Erik Paulsen and Independence Party candidate David Dillon are all vying to replace GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad. The race is one of the most closely watched seats in the country. This will be the final debate among the candidates.
Posted at 12:19 PM on October 27, 2008
by Tom Scheck
McCain, trailing in national polls, spoke Monday after meeting with his economic advisers, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran against McCain in the primaries; Stanford University professor John Taylor; and two former vice presidential possibilities, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and one-time CEO of eBay, Meg Whitman.
The Arizona senator said he and his opponent "both disagree with President Bush on economic policy." The difference, McCain said, is that he believes government spending is too high, while Obama believes taxes are too low.
"It's a difference of millions of jobs," McCain said, flanked by his economic team, adding that "Americans are beginning to figure that out."
Posted at 3:48 PM on October 27, 2008
by Tom Scheck
An official with Barack Obama's campaign said former President Bill Clinton will make a campaign stop in Minneapolis on Thursday evening. He'll be appearing on behalf of Barack Obama and DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken. No other details of the event are available at this time.