MINNESOTA — With two weeks to go until the midterm elections, Minnesota's statewide races remain as close as ever. The state's Republican candidates are looking to spoil Democrats' hope for a "blue wave" in November.
A new poll shows that a Republican is now leading the race for state attorney general, an office which the Democrats have held since 1971.
A Star Tribune-Minnesota Public Radio poll found that GOP candidate Doug Wardlow is leading DFL candidate Keith Ellison, 43 percent to 36 percent. Sixteen percent were undecided.
Republican Jeff Johnson is still trailing Democrat Tim Walz in the race for governor, but the race has gotten tighter. Another poll conducted by the Star Tribune and MPR found Walz leading Johnson, 45 percent to 39 percent.
In one of Minnesota's two Senate races this year, Republican Karin Housley appears to be gaining on incumbent Tina Smith. A Star Tribune-MPR poll found that Housley now only trails Smith 47 to 41 percent.
Housley has found more support among independent voters, with 42 percent now backing her. That number is up from 33 percent last month.
In Minnesota's other Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar appears to be heading for a landslide victory over her challenger, GOP state Rep. Jim Newberger.
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Photo: Karin Housley, Republican candidate for US Senate, walks to the stage at a campaign rally held by US President Donald Trump on October 4, 2018 at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Trump is holding rallies across the U.S. ahead of the midterm elections November 6. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)