Tom Emmer fights to a tie in latest governor's race poll

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Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer are even in a new state-wide poll.
Republican Tom Emmer has consistently trailed his Democratic opponents in governor's polls over the past few months. And lately he's been the butt of attacks over his drunken driving convictions and his support from Target.

So today must feel like a victory of sorts: He has pulled even with Democratic opponent Mark Dayton in a new Minnesota Public Radio News and Humphrey Institute poll. Independence Party candidate Tom Horner once again trails in a distant third.

It's the first state-wide poll since the August primary election whittled the field to the three candidates. And the poll's authors describe the race as still wide open, with about one-fifth of all voters barely tuned in to the race and paying little attention.

  • Dayton 34 percent, Emmer 34 percent, Horner, 13 percent, undecideds 19 percent

Here are the results of other previous polls (undecideds make up the balance to reach 100 percent in each hypothetical race):

KSTP/SurveyUSA, Aug. 5

  • Dayton 46 percent, Emmer 32 percent, Horner 9 percent.
  • Kelliher 39 percent, Emmer 33 percent, Horner 12 percent.
  • Entenza 38 percent, Emmer 33 percent, Horner 12 percent.

Star Tribune, Aug 1:

  • Dayton 40 percent, Emmer 30 percent, Horner 13 percent.
  • Kelliher 38 percent, Emmer 29 percent, Horner 13 percent.
  • Entenza 36 percent, Emmer 31 percent, Horner 15 percent.

Fox 9/Rasmussen, July 19:

  • Dayton 40 percent, Emmer 36 percent, Horner 10 percent.
  • Kelliher 40 percent, Emmer 35 percent, Horner 11 percent.
  • Entenza 37 percent, Emmer 36 percent, Horner 12 percent.

Decision Resources, June 8:

  • Dayton 40 percent, Emmer 28 percent, Horner 18 percent.
  • Kelliher 38 percent, Emmer 28 percent, Horner 17 percent.
  • Entenza 34 percent, Emmer 27 percent, Horner 19 percent.

Read the Minnesota Public Radio News and Humphrey Institute poll results here.

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