U.S. Senator John Thune should have no problem getting re-elected.  We continue to look at the results of our KELO TV scientific poll and judging by the numbers, Thune is going to defeat his Democratic challenger, Jay Williams hands down. 

In a conservative state like South Dakota, Thune has been wildly popular over the years with voters.




According to our KELO TV scientific poll, if the election were held today, Thune would defeat Democrat Jay Williams by a wide margin, 65% to 27%, 8% are still undecided. 

Only Williams doesn’t see it that way. 

“Maybe the polls are trending, because I just saw a poll yesterday where it had 58% to 38%, I had virtually the same numbers as Secretary Clinton had, which I hope is the case,” Williams said. 

We reached out to Senator Thune for comment about our poll.  He issued us this statement.

“We are encouraged by these results but the only poll that matters is on Election Day so I’ll be out meeting with South Dakotans for the next few weeks talking about the issues,” Thune said. 

If you recall, when it comes to name recognition only 2% of the voters didn’t recognize Thune, but 52% don’t recognize Williams’ name at all.  

He hopes to close that gap in the next two weeks.

“It’s tough in South Dakota when you’re not an incumbent, incumbent Senators, especially one who has been there for 20 years, he’s well known in South Dakota, my name isn’t well known, I’m doing everything I can to get that out and there are two weeks left and I’m doing everything I possibly can to get my name out,” Williams said. 

Our KELOLAND TV scientific poll was conducted last week between October 18 and the 20th. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5%, meaning there’s is a 95% probability our numbers are accurate. 

We talked to 400 registered voters who told us they’re likely to vote this election year.