ST. PAUL (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone and challenger Norm Coleman remain in a very tight race for the Senate with seven weeks until the election, according to separate polls released Wednesday.
If the election were held now, 47 percent of the respondents to a St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio poll said they would vote for Wellstone, a Democrat, while 44 percent favored the Republican Coleman. The poll surveyed 625 registered Minnesota voters.
According to a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll of 1,038 likely voters, meanwhile, 46 percent of the respondents said they would support Wellstone while 42 percent would support Coleman.
Wellstone's lead in the Pioneer Press/MPR poll is within the poll's 4-percentage-point margin of error, meaning the two are running neck and neck.
The Star Tribune poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, giving Wellstone an apparent slight lead.
Independence Party candidate Jim Moore and Ray Tricomo of the Green Party received nominal support in each poll.
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