Polls spell trouble for Wellstone

ST. PAUL -- Two polls conducted by political parties show that Sen. Paul Wellstone is struggling in his campaign for a third term, according to a report published Tuesday.

The polls show the Democrat getting support from just 42 percent of Minnesota voters, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

On Monday, national Democrats released a poll showing Wellstone narrowly leading Republican challenger Norm Coleman -- 42 percent to 40 percent. Earlier this month, national Republicans released their own poll of Minnesota voters showing Coleman ahead 49 percent to 42 percent.

The party polls reinforce a pattern shown in nonpartisan media polls, in which Wellstone failed to top 50 percent.

The polls' margins of error were not immediately available.

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