Taking A Look At Where Candidates Are Getting Support From


Just over a week remains before the mid-term election.

As the races heat up in their final campaign push, we wanted to get a glimpse at what voters are already thinking.

If the election were held today, according to our KELOLAND Media Group/Argus Leader scientific poll, Republican and former PUC Commissioner Dusty Johnson would defeat his Democratic challenger, former judge Tim Bjorkman by double digits, 54 percent to 31 percent, 12 percent remain undecided.

So where are they getting support?  

According to our poll Dusty Johnson is getting a lot of support West River.

63 percent of the voters we sampled West River say they’d vote for Johnson. He also has a majority of the votes  (57 percent East River/North and 53 percent East River/South) East River. 

Bjorkman on the other hand gets most of his support from the Sioux Falls Metro area with 41 percent.

“In a way it’s not surprising that we are running in basically a dead heat here in the Sioux falls Metro region, and the other regions are all weak, the big gaps between Dusty and I are West River but also other parts of eastern South Dakota,” Tim Bjorkman said. 

More men support Johnson with 57 percent compared to Bjorkman’s 27 percent.  Johnson also gets more women voters 51 percent to Bjorkman’s 35 percent. 

“It’s not just like I’m a West River candidate or a candidate who appeals to women it’s broad based and that’s what we love to see,” Dusty Johnson said. 

“It’s twice what our own internal polling has been showing in the last several weeks and that polling is crossed checked with other races and and those are consistent with what you’re seeing but this was a much wider gap than any of us anticipated,” Bjorkman said. 

Friday we’ll dive into President Trump’s favorable numbers and a few of the hotly contested ballot measures you’ll be voting on as well. 

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