You’ve seen their political ads, yard signs and listened to their debates, but Wednesday night in our KELOLAND Media Group/Argus Leader scientific poll we’re getting our first glimpse into who’s leading the race for South Dakota governor.
Between October 18 and October 22, Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy of Jacksonville, FL conducted a survey of 500 registered voters in South Dakota, who said they were likely to vote in the mid-term elections.
According to our polling numbers, the governor’s race is a dead heat.
KELOLAND News caught up with Kristi Noem and Billie Sutton Wednesday to see what they think of such a close race.
Republican U.S. House of Representative Kristi Noem defeated South Dakota’s Attorney General Marty Jackley in the June primary.
But according to our KELOLAND Media Group/Argus Leader scientific poll she won’t have an easy time defeating Democratic State Senator Billie Sutton.
We asked voters if the election were held today, who would they vote for. We’ve covered a lot of elections over the years, but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a race this close.
45 percent said they’d vote for Noem while 45 percent would vote for Sutton. Libertarian candidate Kurt Evans received 1 percent while 9 percent are still undecided.
“We’re excited, we really feel the momentum building across the state we got a bus tour planned coming up, we’ll be in everybody’s towns visiting with them answering questions going up to election day, but we are really thrilled with what we are doing and excited to see this campaign going exactly where we want it to go,” Noem said.
“I think it just shows the incredible momentum we’ve built throughout the campaign, as we’ve listened to South Dakotans and heard their concerns and met with South Dakotans and got them to know me and me get to know them we’ve just seen the shift ,” Sutton said.
Both Noem and Sutton say they’ll continue working hard spreading their messages across the state to capture those coveted 9 percent undecided voters.
“I think all of us will be fighting over the undecided group, finding out what their questions are that we need to answer yet,” Noem said.
“I think we do what we’ve been doing we, continue to get out there and meet voters and get them to know me and me to know them and build trust because that’s really what people want from their state government they want candidates they can trust,” Sutton said.
So where is their support coming from? You’ll want to join us Wednesday night on KELOLAND News at 10, that’s when we’ll break down the numbers in the governor’s race by region and by gender.