Primary Election Poll: House and President | VideoDick Heidt | 6/10/2012
Republicans have an interesting battle going on for the U.S. House seat. Former party chairman and current Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer decided to forego the party`s endorsing convention and go straight to the primary election ballot. His opposition for the seat is fellow Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, who won the party`s endorsement.
A poll conducted by the mason Dixon Polling and Research company shows Cramer with a huge lead over Kalk. Out of 625 people polled, 60 percent backed Cramer. Kalk trailed with 21 percent of the vote. Around 19 percent of those asked said they were undecided.
Now on to the November general election, we asked people how they`d vote if Cramer won the primary. Would they pick Cramer again or vote for Democratic challenger Pam Gulleson. Again, Cramer has a comfortable lead, 49 percent to Gulleson`s 35 percent. Libertarian Eric Olsen received the nod from six percent of the people.
Cramer won across all demographics, even outpolling the Fargo democrat in her home city and on the eastern half of the state.
As an additional question, we asked how people would vote if Kalk won the primary. In this scenario, Kalk held a respectable edge over Gulleson. The numbers show Kalk was the pick from 44 percent of those polled while 35 percent say they`d vote for Gulleson.
On to the Presidential race, North Dakota is traditionally a red state. So far, Mitt Romney has a 52 to 39 percent edge over President Barack Obama. Interestingly, it is a close battle in Fargo where Romney is only ahead by two percent, while in eastern North Dakota, he holds a one point advantage. Romney is the overwhelming favorite in Bismarck-Mandan and the western half of the state.
We`ll conclude our pre-primary poll for you tomorrow when we look at a few of the measures facing voters on Tuesday.