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Unlike N.C., Minnesota appears likely to reject gay marriage ban

Minnesota's politics are a good bit different from North Carolina, but both states find themselves in the presidential mix and debating familiar issues.

North Carolina voted on a constitutional ban on gay marriage in May. Minnesota votes Tuesday. But unlike here, a new poll from the Raleigh firm Public Policy Polling shows the 10,000 lakes state appears headed for narrow defeat.

The Democratic firm found 52 percent of voters are opposed, compared to 45 percent who will vote for it. North Carolina's amendment won with 60 percent support.

Minnesota voters will also consider an amendment to require photo identification at the polls. A PPP poll showed it failing 46 percent to 51 percent at this point.

While Republicans are trying to make the state a player in the presidential contest, the poll found President Barack Obama ahead by eight points.

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