Star Tribune Minnesota is out with a new poll that finds Senator Al Franken (D) lead against challenger Mike McFadden (R) is now down to nine points after having a commanding double digit lead, 48% to 39%.
“McFadden had been down by 13 percentage points, according to the previous Minnesota Poll taken in September. He continues to run far ahead of Franken in outer suburbs and has nearly twice Franken’s support among independents, who favor the challenger 46 percent to 27 percent.
In contrast, Franken is showing strong support in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, and across northern Minnesota.
The poll, conducted by the independent polling firm Mason-Dixon for the Star Tribune, interviewed 800 likely Minnesota voters Oct. 20-22 and has a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus. About 9 percent of voters remain undecided as the Nov. 4 election approaches, while 3 percent are opting for Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson, who has run a nominal campaign.”