Poll: Klobuchar leads in Minnesota, followed by Sanders and Warren

Poll: Klobuchar leads in Minnesota, followed by Sanders and Warren
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStrengthen CBP regulations to reduce opioid deaths Why isn't Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults? Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld MORE (D-Minn.) leads the Democratic field in her home state, followed by Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Debate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders MORE (D-Mass.), according to a Minnesota Public Radio/Star Tribune Minnesota poll out Monday.

The survey found Klobuchar led in the state with 29 percent of the vote, followed by Sanders with 23 percent and Warren with 11 percent. No other candidate polled in double digits. Twenty-one percent of voters said they remain undecided.

“No one knows for sure what the landscape is going to even look like by the time we get to March 3,” when Minnesota votes on Super Tuesday, Democratic Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin told MPR. “This is very fluid … every single day, every single hour, this race changes.”


Minnesota is among the 15 states voting on Super Tuesday on March 3.

The primary will be Minnesota’s first since 1992, with the state having held caucuses in the interim until then-Gov. Mark Dayton (D) signed a bill in 2016 reinstating primaries.

Klobuchar, who saw renewed momentum after an unexpected third-place finish in the New Hampshire primaries, lost some ground in the Nevada caucuses, where she finished fifth. She has won her state by double digits in every Senate election since her first in 2006.

The poll also found health care is voters’ top issue in the state, with 23 percent identifying it at the top, followed by climate and environmental issues, with 18 percent, income inequality with 14 percent, and race and police abuse issues at 8 percent.

The survey was conducted among 500 likely Democratic voters from Feb. 17-20. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.