The Republican endorsed candidate for Minnesota governor, Tom Emmer, edged out his DFL and Independence Party rivals in a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.
In the poll of 588 registered voters, Emmer, who last weekend beat GOP rival Marty Seifert for the endorsement, came out ahead of DFL endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Emmer led Kelliher 41 percent to 33 percent. Independence Party candidate Tom Horner had 9 percent and 17 percent were undecided.
Kelliher will be challenged in an August primary by Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza. Dayton, Entenza and Kelliher all polled in the low to mid-30-percent range. Emmer came out ahead of all three candidates in the poll.
Emmer campaign manager Dave FitzSimmons reacted favorably to the poll results showing people who identify as Republicans.
“While it’s nice to be ahead in any poll, with six months to go before the election, the most important takeaway from these numbers is the high number of voters who identify themselves as Republicans in Minnesota,” FitzSimmons said.