Kennedy trailing in Minn. Senate poll

Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota Nielsen says 'possible' Trump used vulgar language in meeting MORE, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor county attorney running for the Senate, leads Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-Minn.) by two percentage points, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released yesterday.

While Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFeehery: Oprah Dem presidential bid unlikely Dem hopefuls flock to Iowa Change in Iran will only come from its people — not the United States MORE (D-Mass.) and Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Washington governor proposes new carbon tax The Renewable Fuel Standard is broken beyond repair MORE narrowly won Minnesota in 2004 and 2000, the state has trended Republican in statewide elections. Sen. Norm Coleman (R) and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) won in 2002.

But Democrats are confident that they can hold onto Democrat Sen. Mark Dayton’s seat. He is retiring after one term in the upper chamber.

Klobuchar still has to win the primary against Democrat Ford Bell. The poll showed that Klobuchar draws more support from Democrats than Bell, who lags behind Kennedy by 11 points, 44 to 33 percent.