Republican Dusty Johnson is a household name in South Dakota politics. He won two terms as a Public Utilities Commissioner before becoming Chief of Staff for Governor Dennis Daugaard.
Tim Bjorkman is a former second Circuit Judge with no political experience.
If the election were held today according to our KELOLAND Media Group/Argus Leader scientific poll, Johnson would easily defeat Bjorkman.
Here are the numbers. They show Johnson with 54 percent of the vote and Bjorkman with 31 percent. The other two candidates get a combined 3 percent.
“Well really not surprising particularly since the televised debates last week we’ve seen a big increase in support, our numbers have always been good, but they are particularly good now, frankly I’m thrilled” Dusty Johnson said.
“Well nobody likes to be down by a large margin with 12 days to go,” Tim Bjorkman said.
“The fundamental problem we have is while we have quite high favorability rating, among people who know us, two thirds of the voting population still don’t know enough about me, to form any opinion at all,” Bjorkman said.
12 percent are still undecided.
While Johnson holds a double digit lead, both say they’ll continue to go after the undecided voters.
“We’re going to go after every single voter, if I get elected and I go to Congress it’s not going to be my job to represent the people who voted for me, it’s going to be to represent all of South Dakota,” Johnson said.
“Anybody who knows me knows I’ll fight til the whistle, I’ll work hard every day continue to put in 12 to 14 hour days and I’ll be shaking hands with people all across South Dakota,” Bjorkman said.