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Minn. Senate Race Too Close to Call

Sunday, 03 November 2002 12:00 AM

A Minneapolis Star Tribune poll released Sunday shows Mondale at 46 percent and Coleman at 41 percent, but that falls within the margins of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, show little movement from an overnight poll taken last week, as Mondale surfaced as the replacement for the late Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone. That poll put Coleman at 39 percent and Mondale at 47 percent.

The poll found 9 percent of likely voters remain undecided.

"This state has been through an incredible amount," Tina Smith, Mondale's campaign manager told the Star Tribune. "The people have been on an emotional roller coaster, so this is going to be a hard one to judge from polls."

Wellstone, his wife, daughter and several campaign staffers were killed in a plane crash just 11 days before the election.

Tom Mason, spokesman for the Coleman campaign, told the newspaper that the uniqueness of this race "defies polls."

A St. Paul Pioneer Press/Minnesota Public radio poll released Sunday found Coleman with 47 percent of the support and Mondale with 41 percent, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 points.

Poll results "are a reflection of how volatile the race has become since Wellstone's death," said Dave Peters, the Pioneer Press senior editor who oversees the newspaper's polling efforts.

In addition, 17 percent of respondents said their choice in the senate race was influenced by a controversial Wellstone memorial that many considered a political rally.

Meanwhile, Mondale and Coleman have agreed to debate Monday.

The one-hour debate will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul and will be sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and simulcast on KARE-TV. The Independent and Green party candidates will not participate.

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