This time, the poll hnumbers favor Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today released a new Anzalone Liszt Research poll that shows Herseth Sandlin leading Republican challenger state Rep. Kristi Noem by 9 percent in a two-way match up and by 11 percent in a three-way match-up.
This is the first poll released by the Democrats. Republicans have crowed over three previous polls from Rasmussen Reports that show Noem with a lead. The D’s claim Rasmussen’s numbers are unreliable because Scott Rasmussen, the company’s founder and owner, is a former GOP operative with well-known Republican and conservative leanings.
According toÂ the release from the DCCC,”In the initial head-to-head in the race for South Dakotaâ€™s At-Large congressional district, Herseth Sandlin leads Noem 50 to 41 percent. When including independent candidate B. Thomas Marking, Herseth Sandlinâ€™s lead expands to 50 percent to 39 percent with Marking receiving 4 percent. Conducted August 31-September 2, the poll surveyed 400 likely voters and has a 4.9 percent margin of error.
“Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has always put South Dakota first and her record proves it,” said Gabby Adler, Midwestern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “South Dakotans value Stephanie’s centrist approach and voters are once again standing with Stephanie because she is on the right side of the issues. While Kristi Noem supports extreme policies that hurt middle class families, Stephanie continues to focus on the common sense solutions South Dakotans expect and deserve from their lone voice in the U.S. House.”