Poll: GOP primary race for governor extremely close


A new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows a close race among the Republican gubernatorial candidates vying in the primary.

Jeff Johnson (above at left), a Hennepin County Commissioner who won the endorsement of the party at a convention last month, was tied in the poll with former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers (above right). Both had the support of 23 percent of voters likely to cast a ballot in the August primary.

Two others are in the hunt, according to the poll: Former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert had 14 percent and businessman Scott Honour had 9 percent, KSTP reports.

The poll of 404 likely voters revealed that 22 percent were undecided in the governor's race and 11 percent preferred another candidate. The margin of sampling error was +/- 5 percent.

The poll also found that in the U.S. Senate race, GOP-endorsed businessman Mike McFadden held a big lead over state Rep. Jim Abeler: 44 to 16 percent. The primary winner in that race will face incumbent DFL Sen. Al Franken.

For the poll, SurveyUSA interviewed 2,200 Minnesota adults between June 5 and June 9.

The winner of the Republican primary faces incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton, who not surprisingly was the DFL party's choice at its endorsement convention last month.

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