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Poll indicates lead for Obama in Minnesota

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A new CNN-Time Magazine poll gives Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama a 53 percent to 41 percent lead over GOP candidate John McCain in Minnesota.

Four percent of those polled said they favored neither candidate, while 2 percent had no opinion.

The results shifted little when Libertarian candidate Bob Barr, Green candidate Cynthia McKinney and independent Ralph Nader were added to the mix.

Fifty-one percent of those polled said they supported Obama, compared with 37 percent for McCain, 2 percent for Barr, 1 percent for McKinney and 4 percent for Nader. Three percent said none of the above, while 2 percent had no opinion.

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The poll was conducted by telephone by Opinion Research Corporation from Sunday through Tuesday. The survey of 742 registered Minnesota voters had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The poll was taken after McCain selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, passing up Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and overlapped Monday’s start to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Obama had a 10-point lead in a poll last month by Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. That poll, conducted Aug. 7-17, had a margin of sampling error of 3.6 percentage points. Forty-eight percent of those answering that survey supported Obama, compared with 38 percent for McCain, 3 percent for Nader and 1 percent for Barr.

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