A new poll released Wednesday shows DFLer Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer essentially tied in the race for governor, but Independence Party candidate Tom Horner appears to be gaining momentum.

Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed preferred Dayton and 36 percent favored Emmer, according to a KSTP-TV poll of likely voters conducted by SurveyUSA.

Horner garnered 18 percent of the vote and showed strength among older, more reliable voters, the poll found. That’s up about 6 percent from a SurveyUSA poll in August.

Emmer and Dayton each get 75 percent of voters within their own parties. Horner nabs 14 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of Democrats.

Among independents, the three candidates are essentially even, according to the poll.

Dayton leads by 14 points in northeastern Minnesota and Emmer has a small advantage in the southern region. They are tied elsewhere around the state.

Horner’s popularity ranges from 14 percent to 22 percent of likely voters.

Dayton has an edge among older voters, but Horner has support of 22 percent of Minnesotans over 50.

The polling company surveyed 656 likely voters Sunday through Tuesday. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.