Franken leads Coleman in Senate poll

Al Franken
Al Franken speaks to supporters at the University of Minnesota campus. Sen. Hillary Clinton was in the Twin Cities to campaign for Franken in his bid for U.S. Senate.
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A new poll in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race shows Democrat Al Franken with a 6-point lead over Republican Norm Coleman, just outside the poll's margin of error.

Minnesota voters were polled on the Senate race as part of a broader poll by University of Wisconsin political scientists in partnership with eight Big Ten universities.

The poll found Franken at 40.2 percent, Coleman at 34.2 percent and the Independence Party's Dean Barkley at 15.1 percent. Almost 8 percent were undecided.

Palin and Coleman
Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, right, and Todd Palin, husband of vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, at a rally in Duluth, Minn.
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The poll has a margin of error of just over 4 points. It was conducted between Sunday and Wednesday of this week.


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