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ABC 6 Survey USA Poll Shows Tight Race for First Congressional District

October 23, 2018 11:28 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- In a new ABC 6 News Survey USA Poll we track the race for Minnesota's First Congressional District between Republican Jim Hagedorn and Democrat Dan Feehan.
    
The survey, which was conducted in October interviewed 700 adults, 680 of whom are registered to vote.   In 2016, Tim Walz won this seat by less than one percentage point over Hagedorn.  Results from our recent poll show it may be a very tight race yet again.

According to the ABC 6 Survey USA Poll, if voters were to head to the polls today Democrat Dan Feehan would win by two percent.  Feehan came in with 47 percent with Republican Jim Hagedorn trailing at 45 percent.
  
ABC 6 News Political Analyst Shane Baker says it will be a close race.  "It's not unexpected, but that it's well within the margin of error, it's going to be this much of a who will show up at the polls kind of election."

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Voters surveyed also says health care remains the most important issue...followed by the presidency.  From questions about President Trump's policies on immigration to foreign relations and his recent tariffs, Americans disapprove of his job as president and disagree with his policies.

"They're sending in money from New York and California, Washington D.C., Illinois, whatever, everywhere, they want the power, they want to take the power back to Washington to try to resist and impeach the president," said Hagedorn.

The survey also shows a big gender gap between the two candidates.  Feehan leads among women 53 to 38 percent.  While Hagedorn leads among men 52 to 41 percent.

"It's really encouraging, you work very hard at this and you start to see a momentum build that's bigger than any one candidate and we see momentum and we see enthusiasm on the ground, but I don't take it for granted at all, the only poll that matters is on November 6th," said Feehan.
 

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