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Obama and McCain dead even in state of Minnesota

Sunday a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll reported that Barack Obama and John McCain are tied with support from 45 percent of likely voters in the state. The new poll shows that McCain gained support since the Minnesota Poll in May that showed him trailing Obama by 13 points.
With 51 days before Election Day, the Star Tribune says that Sunday's poll will evoke further campaigning from each candidate in Minnesota.
Increased support of McCain may be attributed to last week's Republican National Convention held in St. Paul and his choice of Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate.
The Minnesota Poll and follow-up interviews with people who participated in the poll show that voters have strong reactions to McCain's choice of Palin as a vice-presidential candidate. The poll states that 30 percent of state voters were more likely to vote for McCain after Palin received the nomination, while 26 percent said the nomination made them less likely to vote for the Republican candidate.
The Minnesota Poll also finds that Minnesota voters view Democratic vice-presedential candidate Joe Biden as a more qualified running mate while Palin is better liked, reported by the Associated Press.