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Forum staff reports, Published October 26 2010

Poll: Hoeven maintains strong lead over Potter

With days to go before Election Day, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful and North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven holds a nearly 3-to-1 lead over his Democratic opponent, according to the latest poll results from Rasmussen Reports.

Hoeven has maintained a wide lead over Bismarck state Sen. Tracy Potter in every monthly poll since February.

Hoeven’s support has ranged from 68 percent to 73 percent. Potter’s support has ranged from 17 percent to 25 percent.

Among 500 likely voters surveyed on Oct. 20, Hoeven garnered 72 percent support, compared to 25 percent for Potter. Three percent remained undecided in the race.

The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Political observers widely predict Hoeven could be the clear winner in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan.

Some have questioned the validity of Rasmussen polls. Rasmussen’s methodology in conducting polls tends to skew in favor of conservatives, according to poll analyzer FiveThirtyEight.