Tom Emmer, the Republican candidate for governor, says recent news media polls showing him far behind DFLer Mark Dayton are hooey and that his internal polling shows an even race.
The Emmer polling has: Emmer 40, Dayton 40, Horner 13, with a margin of error at +/- 4.3 percent.
The Emmer camp strongly disputed an MPR/Humphrey Institute poll released today that has Dayton 41, Emmer 29, Horner 11.
“All polls are snapshots in time,” Cullen Sheehan, Emmer’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “The new MPR/Humphrey Institute results are an unfortunately predictable snapshot in absurdity. The HHH poll’s track record rivals only television weather forecasters for accuracy. Four years ago, this same poll predicted that Mike Hatch would beat Tim Pawlenty by six percentage points. Minnesota should be as confident in this poll’s prediction as Governor Hatch was during the last gubernatorial campaign.”
A St. Cloud State University poll earlier in the week had Dayton 40, Emmer 30, Horner 19.