Dayton leads Emmer in polls

Published 9:31 am Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio

A new Minnesota Public Radio News/ Humphrey Institute poll shows Democratic nominee Mark Dayton with a 12-point lead over Republican nominee Tom Emmer in the race for governor.

According to the poll, likely voters are more concerned about the economy and jobs than any other issue.

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The poll shows Dayton and Emmer have each gained some support over the past month. Independence Party candidate Tom Horner has lost ground.

Even though Emmer has picked up a couple of points, he trails Dayton, 41 to 29 percent. Horner is a distant third with just 11 percent.

Dayton has built a broad coalition of support, said University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Larry Jacobs, who oversaw the poll. Dayton has the advantage among women and lower-income voters and is holding his own among affluent voters.

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