Franken/Coleman and Obama/Biden Minn. poll round up

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These numbers probably mean nothing. But during the final stretch of the campaign season, everyone still wants to know. So here are the latest polls in the two big races.

According to SurveyUSA, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama are still in a dead heat in Minnesota. Their latest poll for KSTP shows McCain ahead by 1 percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent, with a 3.7 percent margin of error. Obama lost 3 percentage points from their poll 20 days ago.

But their other data about the race is more interesting.

According to their data release:

Among women, there is movement to McCain, at a time when McCain is losing ground among women elsewhere. Among voters younger than Obama, there is movement to McCain, at a time when Obama is consolidating support among young voters elsewhere. Among voters older than McCain, there is movement to Obama, at a time when older voters elsewhere are sticking by McCain.

In the race for Senate, Sen. Norm Coleman is showing a strong lead against Al Franken in a poll also released by SurveyUSA. But the interesting change since the last poll is the surge towards Independent Dean Barkley.

Coleman is up 43 percent to Franken's 33 percent. Barkley has a whopping 19 percent:

Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released 3 weeks ago, Franken is down 10 points; Coleman is up 2 points; Barkley is up 5 points. Barkley today gets 27% of the vote among seniors, 31% of the vote among Independents and 30% of the vote among those focused on health care. Combined with the 5% of voters who tell SurveyUSA they are undecided, 1 in 4 today vote for neither Coleman nor Franken.

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