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Forum staff reports, Published October 09 2012

VNL poll puts Berg, Heitkamp in dead heat in Senate race

FARGO – A new poll shows North Dakota voters equally divided in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Rep. Rick Berg and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

The poll, commissioned by Valley News Live, shows both candidates earning 47 percent of the vote.

According to poll results, Heitkamp has more support in the eastern half of the state than Berg, who polls stronger in the Bismarck area and western North Dakota.

Berg polled 51 percent with men and 44 percent with women, and Heitkamp drew 51 percent with women and 42 percent with men.

In the U.S. House race in North Dakota, Republican Kevin Cramer leads Democrat Pam Gulleson 49 percent to 37 percent. Libertarian candidate Eric Olsen was at 2 percent.

In the presidential race, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, leads President Barack Obama, a Democrat, 54 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted interviewing 625 adults by telephone who said they were likely to vote in the general election. The margin of error is plus/minus 4 percent.