When I looked at the biggest problem facing Keith Ellison according to the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, it was easy getting caught up with the 41%-41% ‘horserace’ figure. That a candidate with virtually no name recognition is tied with a candidate with virtually universal name recognition isn’t exactly commonplace.

That isn’t what caught my attention most, though. Q4 of the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll asks “Minnesota will also elect an Attorney General. If the election for Attorney General were today, and you were filling out your ballot right now, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) “, the poll found that 43% of independents said that they’d vote for Wardlow but just 27% said that they’d vote for Ellison. What’s even more striking is the fact that Ellison finished third, behind Wardlow 43% and Undecided at 27%.

Here’s the horse race graph of the race:

It’s also worth noting that 14% of all voters are undecideds. It isn’t a stretch to think that those voters won’t break for Ellison considering the fact that he’s such a known commodity.

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