Politics Friday

Politics Friday: How are voters in the state feeling about the upcoming election? A new poll says the race is close

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In this combination photo, President Joe Biden speaks May 2 in Wilmington, N.C., left, and Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on May 1 in Waukesha, Wis.
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This week MPR News and other media partners released the first Minnesota Poll results of the year. The poll, in partnership with MPR News, KARE 11 and the Star Tribune, revealed a close race for president. 

The Minnesota Poll also offered a glimpse at top issues for voters and showed the unease many have about Biden and Trump.  

In this Politics Friday podcast, MPR News host and politics editor Brian Bakst and his guests talk about the poll results and what they suggest about where this election year is headed. 

Politics Friday will return to the airwaves later this fall for our weekly coverage of the 2024 Election. Until then, we’re coming straight to your podcast feeds — occasionally — throughout the summer. 


  • Craig Helmstetter is the managing partner of the APM Research Lab at Minnesota Public Radio.  

  • Briana Bierschbach is a politics and government reporter with the Star Tribune.  

  • John Croman is a politics reporter for KARE 11. 

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