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Published July 27 2010

North Dakota House race tight in latest poll

The latest results from Rasmussen Reports portray the closest House race yet in six months of polling for the North Dakota election.

Among 500 likely North Dakota voters polled between July 21-22, Republican candidate Rick Berg had 49 percent of voters’ support, while Democratic incumbent Earl Pomeroy had 46 percent.

Additionally, 1 percent of those polled favored another candidate, and 5 percent were undecided. The margin of error for the results is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

While the results showed Berg down 2 percentage points and Pomeroy up 2 percentage points from June, Rasmussen also noted, it’s “the first time Pomeroy’s support has topped the 45 percent mark all year.”

Rasmussen again described Pomeroy as “potentially vulnerable” because he continues to garner less than 50 percent of voters’ favor in the poll results. Previous Rasmussen polls have consistently found Berg to have more support than Pomeroy.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen also polled 500 likely voters July 21 about the state’s Senate race, finding Republican candidate Gov. John Hoeven continues holding an advantage over Democratic-NPL candidate Tracy Potter.

In the July poll, Hoeven garnered 69 percent support over Potter’s 22 percent. Among those polled, 2 percent preferred another candidate, and 7 percent were undecided.

The margin of error for those results is also plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

North Dakota Democrats continue to dismiss findings from Rasmussen polls, saying they tend to skew in favor of conservative candidates due to founder Scott Rasmussen’s former ties to the GOP.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541