Mark Dayton, the former U.S. senator and Minnesota DFL gubernatorial nominee, is leading GOP candidate Tom Emmer in the governor’s race, according to a new Star Tribune poll.
The poll of 949 likely voters, taken Sept. 20-23, showed Dayton with 39 percent, Emmer with 30 percent, and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner coming in at 18 percent of the vote. The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points, included cell phone users. Those voters are considered more likely to lean Democratic than people who use only landlines, according to the Star Tribune.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released a few days ago showed Emmer and Dayton running neck-and-neck (Emmer 42, Dayton 41) with Horner polling at 9 percent.