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Published September 01, 2010, 09:33 AM

Minnesota Voters Want Governor in State

Minnesota voters would prefer to see their governor spend more time on home soil than traveling frequently ahead of a probable presidential bid.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota voters would prefer to see their governor spend more time on home soil than traveling frequently ahead of a probable presidential bid.

A Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll released Wednesday found that 54 percent of the 750 likely voters surveyed disapprove of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's out-of-state campaigning. About the same percentage said they would be unlikely to vote for Pawlenty if he were the GOP candidate for president in two years.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.

The telephone survey also compared whether voters favor Pawlenty or former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachussetts and Sarah Palin of Alaska for the GOP nomination. Voters gave Romney the edge in a hypothetical matchup with Pawlenty, but Minnesota's governor fared better than Palin.

Pawlenty told MPR he considers Romney a frontrunner because of his name recognition and campaign organization.

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