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MPR poll: Pawlenty, Klobuchar rank high

A poll shows public support for Minnesota's governor and junior U.S. senator remains high.

A Minnesota Public Radio-Humphrey Institute poll found 61 percent of respondents approve of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, which MPR reports is up 6 points from a similar poll in August, when the governor was being considered for the vice presidential slot.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat wrapping up her second year in the Senate, had even higher marks.

The poll showed her public approval at 67 percent.

Neither Pawlenty nor Klobuchar is on the ballot next month. Interestingly, public approval ratings consistently have been lower for two big-name candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot: Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken.