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Published October 29, 2010, 11:36 AM

Dayton Leads Poll

A new poll shows Democratic candidate Mark Dayton with a 12-point lead over Republican candidate Tom Emmer in the Minnesota governor's race.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new poll shows Democratic candidate Mark Dayton with a 12-point lead over Republican candidate Tom Emmer in the Minnesota governor's race.

The poll by Minnesota Public Radio News and the Humphrey Institute shows both candidates have gained some support over the past month. But, Independence Party candidate Tom Horner has lost some ground.

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

The September poll showed Dayton leading Emmer 38 percent to 27 percent. Horner's support last month was 16 percent.

In a statement, Emmer campaign manager Cullen Sheehan called the poll a "snapshot in absurdity" and said the campaign's internal polling showed a tie race. Horner spokesman Matt Lewis noted that the poll shows a fifth of voters still undecided, making the race more fluid than it might appear.

The landline telephone survey of 751 randomly-selected likely voters was conducted from Oct. 21-25 in Minnesota. It's margin of error is plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

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