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« on: November 22, 2011, 06:30:56 am »

Poll: North Dakota Senate Seat Competitive

* By Kyle Trygstad
* Roll Call Staff
* Nov. 22, 2011, 6 a.m.

A poll commissioned by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee offers the first evidence that the race for North Dakota’s open Senate seat could be competitive.

Former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D) leads Rep. Rick Berg (R) 47 percent to 42 percent in the internal poll, including a 21-point lead among independents. Just 11 percent overall were undecided.

The Mellman Group conducted the poll of 600 likely voters from Nov. 12 to Wednesday, and it has a 4-point margin of error. The poll was taken in the week after Heitkamp announced her candidacy, which Democrats heralded as giving them a good opportunity to hold the seat of retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D).

In a memo, the Mellman Group states that Heitkamp overcomes an 11-point GOP advantage in party ID thanks to her lead among independents. It indicates Berg’s current perch in the House is not helping him, as 56 percent hold a negative view of his job performance and only 34 percent say he represents their point of view on the issues or shares their values.

On favorability, 54 percent hold a favorable view of Heitkamp and 25 percent view her unfavorably. Berg’s ratings are 42 percent favorable and 39 percent unfavorable.

“With Heitkamp already ahead in the horserace and so much more highly regarded than Berg, she is in a very strong position to win the contest,” the memo concludes.

President Barack Obama will be no help to Heitkamp here. However, the polling memo recalls the 2000 elections, when Al Gore lost North Dakota by 28 points as Conrad won by 23 points. Of course, Conrad outspent his opponent that year by nearly 6-to-1.

Roll Call currently rates the race Likely Republican.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/north_dakota_senate_seat_competitive_poll_dscc-210517-1.html

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Yay ! But let's wait for another poll first to see if this is true. Too bad PPP can't poll the state.
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 08:38:16 am »
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Why can't PPP poll the state?
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 08:46:11 am »

Why can't PPP poll the state?

Because North Dakota, like Indiana, has passed a law that bans computer-based polls in the state.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 10:37:35 am »

"Tuesday's poll also revealed some harrowing news for Obama, who trails Mitt Romney by 14 points in North Dakota. While Obama and his allies aren't counting on a win in North Dakota — he lost there to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by eight points in 2008 — Romney's wide margin over Obama is a cause for concern that having Obama's name on the ballot drags down other Democrats."

14 points wouldn't be too bad, considering Kerry and Gore lost by about 30.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 12:40:24 pm »
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I'm skeptical about Heitkamp's numbers but their presidential ones seem OK.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011, 12:52:51 pm »
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I suspect the DSCC will play here given how cheap the state is.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2011, 01:02:38 pm »
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I'm not surprised that this seat will be somewhat competitive. Berg is a tea-flavored/movement conservative Republican and that brand does not do well in North Dakota, which tends to value moderates of both stripes. Also, voting for the Ryan plan here would definitely create a backlash considering how old (and "communitarian") the state is.
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Also, voting for the Ryan plan here would definitely create a backlash considering how old the state is.
38 states are older.
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