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Dayton: GOP Trackers 'Harassing Me And Trying To Provoke Me' (VIDEO)

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At his news conference, Dayton said that trackers used to stand a "respectful distance" away from politicians. "The tactic has changed and it's clearly one of harassing me and trying to provoke me and it's one of intimidating citizens so they can't have a conversation with me," he said.

The state Republican Party responded that they're not changing their ways -- and turned this into another part of their campaign narrative that Dayton is mentally unstable. "If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen. This isn't 1982," said state GOP spokesman Mark Drake, referring to the first year in which Dayton ran for office. "Tracking is a routine part of politics now. I've never seen this sort of bizarre, weird, erratic reaction."

The TPM Poll Average currently puts Dayton ahead of Republican nominee Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner by a margin of 44.2%-33.6%-9.9%.