A new Public Policy Polling (D) survey of Minnesota finds that Minnesotans far and wide say that Democrat Mark Dayton was the winner of the gubernatorial race -- he leads by about 9,000 votes -- and that Republican nominee Tom Emmer should concede.
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Still, it looks like Republicans could be gearing up to legally contest the gubernatorial race at the conclusion of the recount process.
The poll asked: "Do you think the rightful winner of the Governor's race was Mark Dayton or Tom Emmer?" The answer was Dayton 68%, Emmer 21%. Democrats say it was Dayton by 95%-3%, independents say Dayton by 72%-13%, and Republicans only say Emmer by a plurality of 46%-37%
The next question: "Do you think Tom Emmer should concede the Governor's race or not?" The answer here was 68% yes, 22% no -- nearly identical to the previous number on who the rightful winner is, with internal numbers that closely match it given the margins of error.