Obama way ahead of Romney in Minnesota, says new SurveyUSA poll [GRAPHIC]

Minnesota hasn't gone for a Republican candidate in a presidential election since 1972, when incumbent Richard Nixon edged Democrat George McGovern by five percentage points. Fear and loathing on the campaign trail, indeed.

After November, it looks like it'll be 40 years and counting since a GOP presidential candidate took Minnesota, as a new SurveyUSA poll shows Barack Obama with a commanding lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

A survey of 600 Minnesotans conducted May 9 and 10 shows Obama over Romney by a spread of 52 percent to 38 percent. The poll's margin of error is 4.4 percent. A late January poll showed Obama ahead of Romney 51 percent to 41 percent, so if anything he's slightly widened his lead since then.

In 2008, Obama defeated GOP nominee John McCain in Minnesota by a 54 to 44 margin, meaning it looks like the president is on track to enjoy a similarly comfortable margin in the Land of 10,000 Lakes this time around.

Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, here's a handy-dandy chart showing how the Obama/Romney race has evolved in Minnesota since late 2010:

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-- Poll: Obama crushes all GOP candidates in Minnesota [GRAPHIC]

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