Sioux Falls, SD, September 29 2014 – Northern Plains News (http://npntestfeed.blogspot.com/), a South Dakota news organization, today released the results of a poll it had commissioned on the South Dakota Senate race. The poll, which was conducted by Nielson Brothers Polling, (http://www.nielsonbrotherspolling.com/index.php), one of South Dakota and the region’s most respected pollsters, showed solid gains by Independent Larry Pressler, and that he has a path to victory.
The poll was unique in that it demonstrated, as newsman Todd Epp remarked, “if Weiland dropped out of the race, Pressler and Rounds would be in a virtual dead heat,” whereas Rounds would maintain a substantial lead on Weiland if Pressler were to drop out.
Below is an excerpt of the press release issued by Northern Plains News on their poll, and attached are comments on the poll by Cory Allen Heidelberger, who has the leading Democratic blog in South Dakota.
Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, addresses the South Dakota Libertarian State Convention Aug. 4, 2014 in Sioux Falls, while KSFY-TV's Dave Hauck videotapes.
By Todd Epp
Northern Plains News
New polling data from today’s (Monday’s) Nielson Brothers Polling/Northern Plains News poll shows former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler making substantial gains on Republican front-runner Mike Rounds and Democrat Rick Weiland.
"Our message of ending the poisonous partisan gridlock in Washington is resonating across South Dakota,” Pressler, an independent, said in an exclusive statement to NPN. “We believe the trajectory of this poll combined with earlier polls shows the Pressler campaign on a possible path to victory — should we be blessed with the trajectory continuing. We shall work even harder.”
Pressler has gained 10 points from the last NBP/NPN poll conducted in late July. Polling shows Pressler's support has increased from 14 to 24 percent. In the same polls, both Rounds and Weiland dropped four points, from 43 to 39 percent and 30 to 26 percent, respectively. Independent Gordon Howie’s support remained steady at 4 percent.
The full article can be found here: http://npntestfeed.blogspot.com/2014/09/exclusive-pressler-campaign-on-possible.html. For the rest of the poll and crosstabs, go to http://npntestfeed.blogspot.com/2014/09/breaking-rounds-still-leads-in-us.html?m=1.
A commentary analyzing the poll appeared in the state’s leading Democratic blog by Cory Heidelberger, which highlighted Pressler “surging a monster ten points,” can be found here: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/09/third-poll-finds-rounds-falling-below-40-pressler-now-credible-threat/.