Daily Digest: Craig has a lead in the 2nd

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. Three weeks to go until Election Day. The final debate in the presidential campaign is tomorrow night. MPR News is hosting two debate watching events, one at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis and one at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. The doors open at 7:30, and the debate begins at 8. If you want to go, just sign up here so we can get a head count. Of course we’ll also have the debate on the radio and online at 8, so you can listen wherever you are. Let’s take a look at the Digest.

1. A new poll of 600 likely voters shows Democrat Angie Craig with a lead over Republican Jason Lewis in their race for the open 2nd District Congressional seat. The KSTP/Survey USA poll shows Craig with 46 percent and Lewis with 41 percent, with 12 percent undecided. It also shows Hillary Clinton with an 8 point lead over Donald Trump in the district. (KSTP)

2. A former Republican lawmaker trying to make a comeback and the chair of the tax committee defending his seat are two of the races this year in Southeastern Minnesota that could make a big difference in which party controls the Minnesota House next year. (MPR News)

3. The only tribal representative on the 17-member group that advises state regulators on walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake has resigned, contending the committee has “devolved into an anti-science, anti-treaty rights forum subsidized by state resources.” Jamie Edwards, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s director of government affairs, made the claim in a letter to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr announcing his resignation from the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee. (MPR News)

4. A day after saying “we will absolutely accept the result of the election,” Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence warned supporters about “voter fraud” and the media rigging the election, much as Donald Trump has said recently on the campaign trail. Pence called on supporters to “respectfully participate” in poll watching during the election. Trump tweeted on Monday morning: “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day.” (NBC News)

5.  A senior State Department official asked the FBI to help last year in reducing the classification of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to FBI investigative files made public Monday. It was to be part of a bargain that would have allowed the FBI to deploy more agents in foreign countries, according to the files. Both the FBI and the State Department denied Monday that there was any “quid pro quo” involved, but some Republicans called for an investigation. (AP)

  • wjc

    #4: This charge of the election being “rigged” is incredibly dangerous. How could anyone keep a scheme to commit the level of fraud required to change the results of a presidential election secret? It is impossible.

    What GOP folks like Ryan know, and what Trump and Pence seem to not realize is that this cuts both ways. If Republicans don’t accept the results of elections that they lose, why would Democrats accept their losses? This is a recipe for anarchy. That isn’t good for anyone, except the fringe elements.

    • tiffiny vanvorken

      on CBS news the other day, the news reader spent 11 minutes on the Trump tapes and sex allegations. They spent 2 minutes on Hil-LIAR-y’s problems with the Wikki leak emails. that is why Trump says that the election is “rigged”

      • wjc

        BS. He is talking about election day fraud and having people watch at the polls and intimidate voters. Be honest for once, Bubba. Trump is a dangerous megalomaniac.

      • Ralphy

        Trump says the election is rigged because he is going to get crushed. He is not capable of looking at himself and identifying any shortcomings. Instead he blames anything and everyone else for his failures. Classic.
        The fact is he has run a train-wreck of a campaign, never mind his politics. He has insulted and disparaged virtually every voting demographic save one. He has not offered one single plausible policy solution to any of our nation’s issues. “Trust me. It’ll be great” is not a policy. He has broken virtually every rule of conventional campaigning – from attacking his party to refusing to disclose his finances to churning through campaign staff to picking fights with news outlets to publicizing his private life only to be upset that his private behaviors are subject to public critique, to tweeting serial rants that only further fuel whatever controversy he has ignited. Being unconventional is fine, but to expect the majority of voters to embrace the unconventional defies logic.
        If the election is indeed rigged, it is Trump that had rigged it to ensure his loss.

  • tiffiny vanvorken

    I did a poll and Trump is ahead by 10 points

    • wjc

      Sample size of 1, Bubba?

      • Ralphy

        Well that pretty much settles it.
        Too bad election fraud will all but ensure a stolen election.

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        math is not your best subject. 1 would be 100%.

        • wjc

          I was commenting on your math skills, Bubba.

    • Ralphy

      Well that pretty much settles it.
      Too bad election fraud will all but ensure a stolen election.