Dogged by a recent allegation of domestic abuse, Democrat Keith Ellison has a narrow, five-point lead over Republican candidate Doug Wardlow in the race to be Minnesota's next attorney general, according to an MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
Of 800 likely and registered voters across the state, 41 percent said they support Ellison and 36 percent said they favor Wardlow for attorney general.
But 18 percent polled said they are still undecided on who they will vote for. With fewer than two months to go until the Nov. 6 election, the race could swing either way.
After 11 years in Congress representing Minnesota's 5th District, Ellison enjoys significantly more name recognition than Wardlow, who served just one term representing Eagan in the Minnesota House. Only 20 percent of those polled said they didn't recognize Ellison's name compared to 69 percent who didn't recognize Wardlow's.