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Published September 25 2010

Poll: Hoeven holds wide lead over Potter

Republican Gov. John Hoeven is maintaining a wide lead over Democratic-NPL state Sen. Tracy Potter, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll of North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race.

Rasmussen surveyed 500 likely North Dakota voters Sept. 20-21 and found Hoeven with 68 percent of voters’ support compared to 25 percent for Potter. In addition, 2 percent favored some other candidate, while 5 percent remained undecided in the race.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

The results are consistent with Rasmussen’s previous monthly polls on the Senate race. Since February, Hoeven’s support has ranged from 68 percent to 73 percent, while Potter’s support has ranged from 17 percent to 25 percent.

The methodology Rasmussen uses to conduct its polls can cause its results to skew in favor of conservatives, according to poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight. However, among national political observers, there’s no dispute that Hoeven is the odds-on favorite to win the seat on Nov. 2. Many political experts classify North Dakota as the only Democratically held Senate seat that is in “solid Republican” or “safe Republican” territory this fall.