Minnesota Sen. Al Franken led by 7 points in an internal poll conducted on behalf of the state Republican Party.
The Democrat, who is favored to be re-elected to a second term, led Republican finance executive Mike McFadden 46 percent to 39 percent.
It was a more favorable result for McFadden than the state party's previous internal poll in August, which showed Franken up 49 percent to 38 percent.
"Bottom line — the race is still advantage Franken, but the Senator's margin has closed over the past few weeks," Public Opinion Strategies pollster Robert Blizzard wrote in a memo obtained by CQ Roll Call. POS surveyed 500 likely voters Oct. 5-7. The poll had a 4.4-point margin of error.
The race is rated Favored Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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