Raleigh, N.C. – In the last three months, President Obama’s lead in Minnesota has been cut in half, but he is still a clear favorite to defeat Mitt Romney in the state. While Obama led by 15 points (54-39) in PPP’s early June survey, he now is ahead only seven (51-44) with likely voters in this fall’s election.
Obama’s lead with independents—about a third of voters—is down from 23 points to nine. He leads by 14 points with women and lags by only one point with men—a smaller gender gap than in most states, but still an improvement for Romney from June, when he was down 18 with women and 11 with men.
In the U.S. Senate contest, Republican Kurt Bills has gained a little ground after winning the nomination almost a month ago, but massively popular incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar still holds a huge advantage heading into November. Klobuchar leads Bills, 55-36. It was 55-29 in the previous survey.