Election Poll Results: State Races | VideoKFYR-TV | 10/30/2012
The Governor`s Race shows Republican Jack Dalrymple with a comfortable edge over Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor. Dalrymple and his running mate Drew Wrigley hold a 62 to 28 percent lead over Taylor and Ellen Chaffee. These numbers are almost identical to ones recorded a month ago.
The Public Service Commission race shows Republican Randy Christmann leading Democrat Brad Crabtree by eight points: 45 percent to 37 percent. There are 15 percent of the respondents who are still undecided. We did not poll this race in our earlier poll so there is no comparison to make.
The race for Superintendent of Public Instruction has tightened considerably. Tracy Potter held on to his lead over Kirsten Baesler but the advantage now is only two percent. Potter is ahead 37 to 35 percent with 28 percent of the voters undecided.
In the battle for the State Treasurer`s office, Republican incumbent Kelly Schmidt appears headed for another term in office. She leads Democratic challenger Ross Mushik by a 54 to 30 percent margin. In our other fall poll Schmidt had a 47 to 24 percent lead.
Also fairing well in this poll is incumbent Republican State Auditor Bob Peterson. He holds a 50 to 34 percent lead over Democratic opponent Scot Kelsh. Peterson held a 50 to 30 advantage a month ago and while Kelsh has made up some ground.
And finally, incumbent Republican Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm is well ahead of Democratic challenger Tom Potter. Hamm leads Potter 58 to 31 percent. Our earlier poll had Hamm ahead by a similar margin, winning then 57 to 30 percent.
The NBC North Dakota News-Mason Dixon poll talked to 625 likely voters from all over the state. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.
Tomorrow we will wrap up our poll with a look at the anti smoking issue.