One of the state legislative races the DFL’s been hitting hardest this cycle has been 32B, in Hennepin County. It’s Kurt Zellers’ seat. Zellers is the House Minority Leader – one of the MNGOP’s pack of young conservatives, Brod and Emmer and Seifert and the others that have made such an impact at the State House this past couple of sessions.
So getting Zellers’ head on a plaque would be a huge spiff for the DFL in what is likely to be a trying year. They’ve been pouring money and time into Katie Rodriguez‘ campaign. More than that, they’ve been pouring prestige into it; last week at a fundraiser in the district, Margaret Anderson-Kelliher proclaimed Rodriguez had the district tagged, bagged and on the slab.
If true, this would be huge, akin to the GOP knocking off Dean Johnson a few years back.
But according to a poll last week from the Tarrance Group of 250 likely voters in 32B, it’s just not true (emphases added):
The survey, conducted October 3-4, found Zellers leading his DFL-endorsed opponent by 24 points, 57-33, replicating a lead he displayed in a poll conducted in August. Zellers also shows a sizable advantage over his opponent among independent voters, leading by more than four-to-one.
Kelliher’s got some ‘splaining to do.
This little portion of the Third District seems to be getting redder and redder as we go along.
But wait – there’s more. Tune in right after noon.