The latest poll in the governor’s race shows Republican challenger Scott Jensen with a half-point lead over Governor Tim Walz, within the margin of error.  The survey is by Trafalgar Group and commissioned by conservative Alpha News, and Carleton College analyst Steven Schier says about its accuracy:

“They have a lean or a bias in the results towards the Republicans of about 1.4 percent, so even you allow for that, you’ve got a very tight race here.”

This latest poll also shows Republican attorney general candidate Jim Schultz expanding his lead to nearly five points over D-F-L incumbent Keith Ellison.  But the survey finds Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon slightly increasing his lead to two points over Republican challenger Kim Crockett, although the two remain locked in a tight battle.