All the races are within the margin of error. It should be an exciting race for governor.
The only thing it’s safe to say about this year’s governor’s race in Minnesota is that both parties will pick their candidates in primaries on August 10. Other than that, the race is a free-for-all.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows the top Republican candidates, former Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert and State Representative Tom Emmer, running essentially even with the top three Democratic contenders in match-ups that also include Independence Party contender Tom Horner.
But at least 10 candidates are seeking the nomination of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Some of the lesser-known candidates don’t fare quite as well against the GOP hopefuls.
There’s uncertainty on the Republican side, too. Ex-Senator Norm Colman far outdistanced Seifert and Emmer in a survey of the governor’s race in January but has since announced that he is not running.
Complicating the picture even more is the fact that the number of undecided voters in these match-ups ranges from 16% to 27%.
The numbers suggest that voters for now are making their decisions more on the basis of party labels than the positions and personalities of the individual candidates.