Posted at: 10/28/2012 6:26 PM
Updated at: 10/29/2012 7:52 AM
By: Jay Kolls
The gap is now closing between President Obama and Governor Romney in Minnesota according to a new public opinion poll. The StarTribune Minnesota poll shows President Obama favored by 47-percent of likely voters and Governor Romney with 44-percent. There is a 3.5-percent margin of error in the poll. This is the closest poll since the Presidential campaign started in Minnesota over a year ago.
University of Minnesota political expert, Larry Jacobs, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the StarTribune poll indicates the Presidential race is a dead heat in Minnesota. Obama has ten campaign offices throughout the state while Mitt Romney has none. Romney, according to Jacobs, has not campaigned at all in the state. But, sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Romney will make a visit here before the November 6th election. Jacobs says it will be imperative for Romney to make a campaign visit here, if he hopes to win the state. Romney, Jacobs says, will likely pour money ad money into his Minnesota campaign as a result of the latest poll numbers.
A Republican Presidential candidate has not carried Minnesota since 1972, when President Nixon won the state.