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Strib polls: governor and Senate races tighten

The most recent polls have Gov. Mark Dayton leading GOP challenger Jeff Johnson 45-38, and Sen. Al Franken leading GOP challenger Mike McFadden 48-39.

New Star Tribune polls released over the weekend show the DFL incumbents continue to have an edge in Minnesota’s governor and U.S. Senate races, but the margins are closer than they were last month.

In the Senate race, the polls shows Sen. Al Franken with 48 percent support, compared to GOP challenger Mike McFadden’s 39 percent. Nine percent were undecided. The paper’s previous Senate poll in September showed a 13 point lead for Franken.

In the governor’s race, the poll had Gov. Mark Dayton ahead of GOP challenger Jeff Johnson by a 45-38 margin. Ten percent said they were undecided. That’s closer than the September poll, which had Dayton up 45-33.