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Published October 15 2010

Peterson: Poll shows 2-to-1 lead on Byberg

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is eager to rebut published suggestions that he has a “razor-tight” lead over his Republican challenger in the 7th District race heading into the Nov. 2 election.

Peterson on Thursday released a summary of a poll taken Sept. 28 showing that he leads his GOP challenger Lee Byberg by a margin of more than 2 to 1 and has high favorability ratings among both Democrats and Republicans.

The poll, commissioned by Peterson and conducted by Global Strategy Group, found Peterson leading Byberg 54 percent to 20 percent, with two other rivals trailing with 5 percent each and 16 percent undecided.

The poll of 404 likely voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent, shows Peterson is familiar to 83 percent of voters in his district and is rated favorably by 63 percent. A breakdown shows a favorable rating of 71 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans.

“Everything shows we’re in good shape,” Peterson said. He decided to release the poll results to combat an article in MinnPost earlier this week concluding his lead was “razor-tight” and he could be headed for an upset.

“I let them know I wasn’t happy,” Peterson said.