Recent Poll Shows Ellison And Schultz Tied In Minnesota Race For Attorney General

According to a recent poll, Jim Schultz, the Republican candidate for attorney general in Minnesota, is tied with current Attorney General Keith Ellison.

The survey was released by Embold Research and commissioned by MinnPost. According to the results, 47% of the 1,585 general election voters in the poll chose Schultz and 47% chose Ellison. Five percent of the participants indicated that they were unsure of who they would vote for.

The survey, which was conducted between Oct. 10 and Oct. 14, has a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

MinnPost also commissioned a survey in June, before Schultz defeated Doug Wardlow in the Republican primary race. The results of that poll also showed Schultz and Ellison in a statistical tie.

The incumbent, Ellison, has cause for concern. As a 12-year veteran of Congress closing in on his first term as attorney general, experts say Ellison is a known commodity, so if voters have not decided on him yet, they are unlikely to do so in the next couple of weeks before the midterm election.

Embold pollster Ben Greenfield described Ellison’s situation.

“I do think it’s good news for Ellison that the people who remain undecided are leaning pretty significantly towards Democrats in the other elections,” stated Greenfield. “But the downside of that is he’s an incumbent, he’s a well-known figure in the state, so if he hasn’t won them over already it might be difficult to win some of them over.”

Ellison has improved his numbers in Minneapolis and St. Poll compared with the June poll, but at the same time, Schultz has seen a significant improvement in the suburbs. Schultz has managed to flip a 41-44 deficit among suburban voters in the June poll to a 60-34 lead among participants in the new survey.

The two candidates have emphasized differing policy positions. Schultz remarked that his priority was “crime, crime, and crime,” during an MPR News debate on Friday. Ellison, on the other hand, began his statement by saying he would “protect your right to a safe, legal abortion.”