Is political end finally here for former Farrakhan activist Keith Ellison? Down 7 points in Minnesota AG race

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 10/23/2018 | William A. Jacobson
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Current Democratic National Committee Vice Chair, and Minnesota Congressman, Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota Attorney General.

He was considered a clear favorite, and expected to coast to victory.

But not so fast.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that a recent MPR News/Star Tribune poll has Ellison down 7 points:

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Republican Doug Wardlow is leading Democrat Keith Ellison by 7 points in the race for attorney general, according to the latest MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll — a significant reversal from the last round of polling in mid-September.

Of 800 likely voters polled last week, 43 percent said they preferred Wardlow, an attorney and one-time state legislator, while 36 percent said they support Ellison, who has served the 5th District in Congress for the last 12 years; 16 percent said they were undecided in the race, a 2-point drop from the earlier poll.

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In September, Ellison held a 5-point lead over Wardlow.

Wardlow remains relatively unknown to voters — 56 percent of those polled said they don’t recognize his name. Eight in 10 voters said they recognized Ellison’s name, but more said they had an unfavorable opinion of him than Wardlow.

Star-Tribune - Notes - Allegations - Ellison - Appear

The Star-Tribune notes that allegations that Ellison abused his ex-girlfriend appear to factor in to the 12-point swing since early September:

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.

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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...
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