Forum News Service, Published March 21 2013
Poll gives Rounds edge over Noem in South Dakota primaryRALEIGH, N.C. - A national polling firm says U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and former Gov. Mike Rounds would have a close contest in a Republican primary for a South Dakota Senate seat next year.
Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, released polling data Thursday. It shows Rounds with a slight lead over Noem if they met in a primary. Both would defeat Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson in a general election matchup, according to PPP.
Speculation has been rampant lately that Johnson will retire rather than seek re-election next year.
Rounds leads Noem 43 to 39 percent in the poll. Noem, however, has a higher favorability rating with GOP voters at 71 percent positive and 18 negative, while Rounds is at 67-17.
In a survey of all voters, Rounds has a 51-34 favorability ranking, while Noem is at 49-42.
Johnson, who is in his 26th year in Congress and third term in the Senate, has a 44 percent approval rating, with 45 percent disapproving of his work.
Rounds leads Johnson 52-41 in a hypothetical matchup, according to PPP, while Noem has a lesser margin, leading Johnson 49-45, according to the poll.