July 8, 2014

60 in '14:

Déjà Vu in Minnesota Senate Race? (Colin Diersing, 7/08/14, Roll Call)

In 2008, a first-time candidate dogged by his career history faced a formidable incumbent dragged down by an unpopular second-term president. The result: now-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., defeated then-Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican, in a shockingly close race that only ended after a months-long contentious recount and legal battle.

Now Coleman's handpicked candidate wants to return the favor in 2014. Franken will face a wealthy investment banker and first-time candidate, Mike McFadden, in November -- and this time, he's the senator battling an unpopular president's drag on the ballot.

"The atmosphere right now is pretty toxic," Coleman said in a recent phone interview. "This is a time when it's good to not be of Washington. Mike is part of a solution, and Franken is part of the problem."

And just like Coleman's race six years ago, the contest is expected to be much closer than originally predicted -- though recent polls show Franken still holds an advantage.
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