KSTP-TV opened it's 10 p.m. newscast with a poll showing the Minnesota governor's race is too close to call between DFLer Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer.
DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton leads his Republican opponent Tom Emmer by 12 points in the latest Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll. The MPR poll is third survey of the governor's race this week.
Former Republican governors Al Quie and Arne Carlson both agree that they want Independence Party candidate Tom Horner in the governor's office next year, but they don't see eye-to-eye on who should sit in Congress represnting southern Minnesota.
The last KSTP poll showed DFLer Mark Dayton at 42 percent, Republican Tom Emmer at 37 percent support. Tom Horner had 14 percent. In the last MPR/Humphrey poll, Dayton had 38 percent, Emmer had 27 percent and Horner had 16.
Facing a contest that has typically been labeled by most election analysts and pollsters as a "toss-up," third-party groups are pulling in millions of dollars from donors, national organizations, unions and corporations looking to tip the scale in their preferred candidate's favor. The groups' advertisements and activities have been some of the most visible of this year's campaign season.
At this stage in the governor's race four years ago, Republican Tim Pawlenty, DFLer Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson had collected nearly $5 million in contributions, with the incumbent Pawlenty hauling in about three-fifths of that total.
Dayton's gubernatorial campaign has spent more than $4.2 million in the governor's race, while Emmer has spent has spent more than $2.3 million.
Dayton garnered the support of 40 percent of likely voters in the poll, while Emmer reached 30 percent. Horner saw 19 percent among likely voters.
The latest poll in the Minnesota governor's race shows DFL nominee and former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton holding on to a lead in the three-way contest.
A late September poll from the Star Tribune found Emmer and Dayton running neck-and-neck in outstate Minnesota with 35 percent apiece, but a mid October KSTP/SurveyUSA poll put Dayton ahead in all regions.
It's getting down to the final days of the 2010 campaign season, and candidates and third-party groups are rapidly releasing television ads in the Minnesota governor's race before Election Day arrives.
Former pro wrestler and Independence Party Gov. Jesse Ventura endorsed IP candidate Tom Horner Friday, encouraging Minnesotans to "shock the world again."
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