In Minn. Senate Race, Joke May Be on the GOP

Cracking up audiences, Franken mounts serious challenge to Coleman
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2007 12:29 PM CDT
U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken laughs with a supporter at a picnic in Edina, Minn., Saturday, July 21, 2007. Even as his celebrity draws crowds and attention, Franken must convince Democratic activists...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Minnesota GOP, facing an unexpectedly strong challenge from would-be Democratic nominee Al Franken, is turning some of his humor around on him. Immediately after the actor-author announced his US Senate candidacy, the GOP released a list of what it called “mean-spirited and divisive partisan” wisecracks, the Journal reports, and a GOP tracker is filming his every campaign move.

The scrutiny may have curtailed Franken’s famously outspoken persona, but he's enjoying success: Incumbent Norm Coleman's lead in the polls, 22 points in February, was down to 5 in July. But his Democratic primary rival is equally popular, and Coleman has made an issue of Franken's support from ""Hollywood ultra-liberals."