At Issue: Sept. 23 - SurveyUSA Results in Attorney General's Race, Recreational Marijuana

September 23, 2018 04:39 PM

Tight Race for Attorney General Emerges in KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll

A tight race for Minnesota attorney general is emerging between DFL candidate Keith Ellison and Republican candidate Doug Wardlow. According to our exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll, both candidates are in a dead heat with 41 percent support among likely voters. Fourteen percent of likely voters remain undecided. 

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Allegations of domestic abuse against Ellison, brought forth by an ex-girlfriend days before the primary, appear to be a factor in who voters are supporting. Forty percent of likely voters say they are a factor, while 39 percent say they are not. Twenty-one percent say they're not sure.

See the full story on the results from our KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll

Growing Number of Minnesotans Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

A growing number of Minnesotans say they would support legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. According to our exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, 56 percent of likely voters say they support making it legal in Minnesota, while 35 percent said no. 

Gubernatorial candidates Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson have starkly different opinions on this subject. Walz, the DFL candidate, says he would support making marijuana legal in Minnesota, as long as its regulated and taxed by the state. Johnson, the Republican candidate, does not support making marijuana legal. However, he did say he would be open to the decriminalization of marijuana use so that people caught using it without harming anyone would not take up jail space. 

Political experts say races for the Minnesota House of Representatives could play a big role in determining the future of pot in Minnesota. Kathryn Pearson from the University of Minnesota, says if more supporters of legalizing pot are elected this fall, that could sway the fate of marijuana-based bills in future legislative sessions. 

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