A KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released Friday indicates Republican competitors of Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken are within single digits of the incumbents, with five months remaining until the election.
The poll, taken last week, has Dayton and Franken up by 6 points over their nearest competitors.
Dayton’s closest challenger is GOP-endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, according to the poll; for Franken, it’s Republican endorsee Mike McFadden, a businessman.
Both of those Republicans will face challengers in the August primary.
The new KSTP poll, which questioned 2,200 Minnesotans and which says it has a sampling error of +/- 3.1 percent, showed in the U.S. Senate race:
- Franken 48 percent; McFadden 42 percent
- Franken 48 percent; state Rep. Jim Abeler 39 percent
And in the governor’s race:
- Dayton 46 percent; Johnson 40 percent
- Dayton 46 percent; Rep. Kurt Zellers 39 percent
- Dayton 46 percent; Marty Seifert 38 percent
- Dayton 47 percent; Scott Honour 37 percent
A Suffolk University Political Research Center poll in April, before the Republican convention two weeks ago, the endorsements and more news coverage of the challengers, showed Dayton and Franken both with double-digit leads over their nearest competitors.