Keith Ellison was expected to win the race for attorney general in Minnesota but that is changing fast. After the allegations of abuse from his ex-girlfriend, his Republican opponent Doug Wardlow pulled ahead. He is now up by seven points.
The Star Tribune reports:
Minnesota Poll: Doug Wardlow leads Keith Ellison in attorney general’s race
Republican Doug Wardlow has pulled ahead of Democrat U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in the race for Minnesota attorney general, a Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll found.
Wardlow now leads by 7 percentage points, at 43 percent to 36 percent for Ellison, just a month after the Democrat held a 5-point edge in a September Minnesota Poll. The switch follows a turbulent period for the Ellison campaign, as he has navigated the political fallout of his former girlfriend’s allegation that he abused her in 2016, a claim he denies.
About one in six poll participants said they had not made up their minds about who to support. Republicans appear to be falling in line behind Wardlow, but an increasing number of Democrats were undecided about who to back compared to September…
Wardlow’s support also grew among voters aged 18 to 34. That age group went for Ellison by a wide margin in the September poll, and while he still leads among such voters, the percentage that backed Wardlow more than doubled.
Democrats thought this would be an easy win. It hasn’t worked out that way so far.