Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research ran a survey of the upcoming August 14th Minnesota Democratic gubernatorial primary (6/25-27; 602 MN likely Democratic primary voters) and found Attorney General Lori Swanson leading the primary field of candidates with 37% when leaners are included. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato) was second at 29%, and state Rep. Erin Murphy (D-St. Paul), the officially endorsed Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate, is well back with only 17% support.
Though Rep. Walz is trailing, his committed support appears stronger. Within his 29% preference including 1% said to be leaning his way, just under 18% described themselves as “strong Walz” versus 12% who termed themselves weak supporters. For Attorney General Swanson, the news was worse. Of her 37%, including 5% who said they were leaning toward her, only 14% indicated they were strongly for Ms. Swanson, while 23% described their support as weak.
The eventual Democratic nominee will face either former Gov. Tim Pawlenty or Hennepin County Commissioner and officially endorsed Republican candidate Jeff Johnson in the general election. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is retiring after serving two terms.
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