Dayton leads Emmer by 9 points in first post-primary gubernatorial poll

DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by 9 percentage points in the first statewide survey completed and released after the Tuesday’s primaries concluded.

Dayton picks up 45 percent in Rasmussen Reports’ survey of likely voters, with Emmer at 36 percent and Independence candidate Tom Horner at 10 percent. A further 10 percent are undecided (note: Numbers don’t equal 100 percent because of rounding).

The survey shows an improvement from a month ago for Dayton, who led Emmer by 4 points in a July Rasmussen survey. Rasmussen now rates the race “Leans Democratic,” a change from its earlier “Toss up” rating.

More details of the poll are available here.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Rebecca Hoover on 08/13/2010 - 02:06 pm.

    It would be nice to have some real competition in this governor’s race. Unfortunately, Emmer seems to be such a flake that he would be an embarrassment to Minnesota.

    One can’t help but long for the Republicans who were progressive and fiscally responsible at the same time.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/13/2010 - 03:06 pm.

    And Rasmussen’s results are usually Conservative.

  3. Submitted by Tim Walker on 08/13/2010 - 04:28 pm.

    Unfortunately, Rebecca, we sometimes elect flakes.

    See Jesse “The Body” Ventura

  4. Submitted by Jim Halonen on 08/13/2010 - 05:26 pm.

    I find it hilarious that Emmer is described as a “flake”. The DFL’s choice closed his senate office and ran over the rumor of threats. What a leader! “Here comes trouble… maybe. Run people”! He might be our state CEO?

  5. Submitted by Jim Roth on 08/14/2010 - 07:28 am.

    The “rumors” of threats in the nation’s capital that Dayton responded to are the same”rumors” that caused the entire line of leadership for the executive branch to evacuate Washington. As I recall Dayton thought it was hypocritical for the so-called “leadership” to evacuate while the rank and file were left behind. If the rumors were being taken seriously by the FBI and the nation’s highest office holders, there was some justification for Dayton’s decision whether you agree with it or not.

  6. Submitted by William Pappas on 08/15/2010 - 08:34 am.

    Thank you Mr. Roth, I don’t understand why the hypocracy of the Bush Administration’s actions and their hype of risks to our government hasn’t been disucssed more by Dayton. I’m sure the facts will come out now that Emmer has used it as his signature issue against Dayton. This pole proves the inherent problems with the Republican Party’s embrace of right wing leadership as characterized by their Tea Party populism. Emmer, a few years ago was regarded as an extreme conservative flake not to be taken seriously. Now his ideological politics and wedge issue grandstanding are even too extreme for Minnesota’s growing middle. As the DFL shifts dramatically to the right the Independence Party sucks more and more disaffected voters from their republican home. The result is a victory for any democratic candidate for governor.

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