With incumbent Democrat US Senator Byron Dorgan retiring, there appears to be nothing in the way between North Dakota Republican Governor John Hoeven and a trip to Washington, DC as North Dakota’s new Senator. Although even if Dorgan had run, polling showed that he would have been easily defeated.
In the most recent Rasmussen poll, Hoeven leads his Democrat rival by an insurmountable 68% to 25% amount. Add one to the Republican pick up for Senate Republicans.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in North Dakota shows Hoeven leading his Democratic opponent Tracy Potter 68% to 25% in their race for the U.S. Senate. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Hoeven posted a 71% to 17% lead over Potter, a state senator, in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of the race last month. Potter is expected to get his party’s endorsement for the Senate at its state convention this weekend.
Also in ND, GOP nominee, State Representative Rick Berg, leads veteran Congressman Earl Pomeroy 51% to 44% in the race for North Dakota’s only House seat. Pomeroy voted for Obamacare and although it does not yet appear it has changed the poll numbers, it most likely will come back to haunt the Democrat incumbent in November. 58% of North Dakota voters oppose Obamacare, while only 36% favor it. Look for this House seat to flip Republican in the effort to unseat Speaker Pelosi and wrestle control from the Democrats.