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South Dakota Governor: Daugaard (R) 57%, Heidepriem (D) 28%

Republican Dennis Daugaard continues to hold a commanding lead over Democrat Scott Heidepriem in the race to be South Dakota’s next governor. 

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Daugaard earning 57% support, while Heidepriem picks ups 28% of the vote.  Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, while 11% remain undecided.

Early last month, Daugaard, the current lieutenant governor, earned his highest level of support yet, leading Heidepriem 59% to 27%.  Prior to that survey, support for Daugaard has ranged from 49% to 52%, while Heidepriem has earned 32% to 36% of the vote. 

This race remains Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports  Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. Heidepriem faces a traditionally conservative electorate that hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1974.

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This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in South Dakota was conducted on September 8, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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