Poll: Smith 44%, Housley 37%

Klobuchar led her opponent by 20 points.

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 23, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

Sen. Tina Smith (D) led state Sen. Karin Housley (R) 44-37 percent in a Suffolk University poll (Aug. 17-20; 500 LVs; +/-4.4%) of the special election.

Forty-one percent saw Smith “in a favorable light, 21 percent have an unfavorable opinion and 25 percent haven't decided.” Thirty-one percent said they hadn't heard of Housley. “Among those polled, 26 percent viewed her favorably and 28 percent didn't have an opinion.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D), whose term is up this year, bested state Rep. Jim Newberger (R) 54-34 percent.

“Klobuchar … earned a favorable rating by 65 percent of the respondents; 22 percent had an unfavorable opinion of her. … About 36 percent of respondents hadn't heard of Newberger, 37 percent were undecided about him and 17 percent viewed him favorably.” (release/St. Cloud-Times)


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