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MPR/Star Tribune Minnesota poll puts Klobuchar ahead

The poll of likely Minnesota voters was conducted this past week.

The latest poll of likely voters in Minnesota, coming just over a week before Super Tuesday, puts Sen. Amy Klobuchar in the lead in her home state.

The MPR News/Star Tribune commissioned poll was released at 11 p.m. Saturday, and shows Klobuchar ahead with 29 percent of likely voters.

That puts her six points ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has won the first three primary/caucus states in the Democratic race (though he technically tied with Pete Buttigieg in Iowa).

Following a fair way back from Sanders is Elizabeth Warren in third at 11 percent, which is below the 15 percent of the statewide vote required to get a share of Minnesota's 92 pledged delegates.

Joe Biden follows with 8 percent, with billionaire Mike Bloomberg at 3 percent along with Buttigieg.

Buttigieg's 3 percent represents a significant collapse after a UMass poll of Minnesota voters earlier this month put him at 10 percent.

The Star Tribune/MPR News poll was conducted between Feb. 17-20, after the Nevada debate at which Buttigieg took a jab at Klobuchar and Walter Mondale.

The latest poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percent, and it's notable that 1 in 5 Minnesota Democrats say they're still undecided, so there's a whole lot still up for grabs.

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It comes at a challenging time for Klobuchar, who placed in 6th placed in the Nevada caucuses after a strong 3rd place showing in New Hampshire.

With Sanders seemingly on track to win the nomination, his strength is leading to questions about when certain candidates will drop out to favor a more moderate alternative to the Vermont senator, with Klobuchar among those names mentioned.

Democratic and Republican voters will take to the polls on Super Tuesday, Mar. 3.

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