Mark Dayton looks safe in 2014, according to Public Policy Polling

It looks like the MNGOP will have a hard time limiting Dayton to one term.
It looks like the MNGOP will have a hard time limiting Dayton to one term.

Yesterday, Public Policy Polling -- the folks who surprisingly but accurately pegged the voter ID amendment as going down just days before last Tuesday's election -- took an early look at the 2014 gubernatorial landscape.

-- Mike Parry says Governor Dayton is a drug addict, pops "15 or 16 pills" during meetings [VIDEO]
-- Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants

Of course, one of the governors up for reelection in two years is our very own Mark Dayton. But PPP projects that Dayton shouldn't lose much sleep worrying about whether an MNGOPer will take his job.

During the Minnesota polling PPP conducted earlier this month, they matched Dayton up against a generic MNGOP opponent. Dayton looks "pretty safe for now," PPP writes, with a 51/38 advantage.

Dayton's popularity aside, the MNGOP's path to the governorship looks all the more uphill because it just doesn't seem like the party has strong candidates to trot out in 2014.

To take just one example, consider conservative blogger John Gilmore's reaction to the news a 'Kurt Zellers for Governor' Twitter account exists:

All of the big-name possibilities -- Norm Coleman, Tim Pawlenty, and Matt Dean, to name a few -- either seem like they have no interest in running or little chance of defeating Dayton. And remember, the MNGOP will also have to find a candidate to run against Al Franken for U.S. Senate. We'll go out on a limb and predict the party won't opt for Kurt Bills round deux.

In other words, unless someone emerges from obscurity, the MNGOP may have a hard time finding a candidate that fares better than PPP's "generic opponent."

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