Dem holds single-digit lead in race to replace Franken

Greg Nash

Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is holding onto a single-digit lead in her battle to stay in the seat to which she was appointed following Sen. Al Franken’s (D) resignation.

Smith, the state’s former lieutenant governor, is leading her GOP challenger, Minnesota state Sen. Karin Housley, by 6 points, according to a new poll from the Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota.  

{mosads}Housley has faced some national criticism over past comments about former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Obama and Hillary Clinton. But the Star Tribune noted that she has gained support among independent voters. One month ago, Smith held a 7-point lead in the race.

Voters will decide whether Smith or Housley will finish out the remaining two years of Franken’s term. The former Democratic senator left the Senate in January, in the early months of the #MeToo movement, after facing a number of allegations of sexual misconduct.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is also on the ballot in Minnesota, but is faring better in her race, with a 23-point lead over GOP state Rep. Jim Newberger.

The poll was conducted between Oct. 15-17 among 800 likely voters, and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Tags Al Franken Amy Klobuchar Hillary Clinton Michelle Obama Tina Smith

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