A new Rasmussen poll shows that the race for governor in both parties is still WIDE open. It's so wide open on the GOP side that the person leading the poll isn't even in the race (yet).
Rasmussen Reports found that 50 percent of the Republicans polled say they would back former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman for governor even though he isn't even in the race. Not Sure is receiving 26 percent. State Rep. Marty Seifert is third with 11 percent.
On the DFL side, 30 percent of the DFLers polled back former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, 30 percent back Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Not Sure comes in third with 20 percent support.
You can view the results here.
Poor Tom Emmer , but I am getting ahead of myself ... let's just say that I am skeptical of its value.
First, it listed only four candidates ... and those with the most name appeal (and geographic population) got the most votes ... and since it did not ask you to name who you would support before telling you the names, it will likely result in well known names.
For example, on the GOP side, Coleman got 50% be the preference of 330 GOP members which is a shock as Seifert only got 11% and Laura Brod who is not currently running (but was one of the four candidates listed in the poll) got 5% ... and poor Tom Emmer got only 1%. Now, those may be GOP voters, but the nomination will start (and likely end) at the nominating convention ... where those activists have not been fond of Senator Coleman.
My wife got one of these polls asking about the McCain's VP possiblities ... afterword, she asked me who Bobby Jindal was ... as the only name she had ever heard of was Tim Pawlenty ... if this poll is similiar to that (by force feeding Coleman / Brod / Seifert / Emmer), it is worthless.
Norm Coleman, where or where have you been, lo these many decades, decrying the polite bows to world leaders, by the likes of Eisenhower and Nixon? Have you no sense of courtesy (or hypocrisy) sir? Have you no sense whatsoever sir? Please go away for blessedly all time thou Hollow Man.