The last Democratic Governor of South Dakota was Harvey Wollman, who left office at the beginning of 1979. A new poll, however, suggests that state Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton (D-Burke) is not only competitive against US Rep. Kristi Noem (R-Castlewood) for the opportunity of succeeding term-limited Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), but places him three points ahead.
According to Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, polling for the Sutton Campaign (9/20-24; 500 SD likely voters), the Democratic nominee holds a 45-42% edge over Ms. Noem. Mr. Sutton, a former professional rodeo performer who suffered a broken back in an accident at an event and is now paralyzed from the waist down, has had momentum in this race from the very start. Starting out behind 53-40%, Sutton pulled to within 46-42% in a July poll, and now has reversed the standing. It remains to be seen if the Sutton momentum can be sustained through Election Day.
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