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Published October 24, 2012, 06:01 PM

North Dakota US House candidate holds big lead following newest polls

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Results from newest Forum Communications poll show US House candidate Pam Gulleson has a lot of ground to make up, if she wants to beat opponent Kevin Cramer.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Results from newest Forum Communications poll show US House candidate Pam Gulleson has a lot of ground to make up, if she wants to beat opponent Kevin Cramer.

The poll has Cramer leading Gulleson by 20 percent.

Pam Gulleson is here at the North Dakota Democratic NPL early voting rally going on right now at the Fargo Theater.

But according to the latest political poll released by the Forum, many people casting their votes would rather see Kevin Cramer in the House seat.

The results are in showing Republicans leading the way again in North Dakota.

Kevin Cramer, (R) US House Candidate: “Of course it's satisfying but also, I feel like I'm at the 10 yard-line so I don't want to quite spike the ball just yet.”

52% of poll respondents said they support Kevin Cramer, a member of the state's public service commission, while only 32 % claimed they'd vote for former state legislator Pam Gulleson.

Cramer: “Well it certainly is encouraging and it's also consistent with our own internal poll. We've been polling now for a year.”

But Gulleson's campaign questions the accuracy.

Hillary Price, Gulleson Communications Director: “The poll was done by a firm that doesn't usually do political polling and the methodology used is flawed, so we don't believe that this poll offers us anything very useful.”

But one thing it did say, 15 percent of people polled can't decide who they want to take North Dakota's sole House seat. Meaning Gulleson would have to win all of those, and take away some of Cramer's support to win.

Price: “What we've seen is there's a huge undecided voter group in this election, more so than in other races. People are still getting to know Kevin Cramer and Pam Gulleson.”

And despite the wide margin, both candidates believe the real results to worry about are those rolling in come election day.

Price: “We're feeling very confident. We have a strong ground game. We're reaching out to voters across the state and people are learning about Pam that she's an independent leader.”

Cramer: “I plan to be very aggressive in these last 13 days, keep my foot on the accelerator. Hopefully the poll at the end of the day November 6th matches the current polls.”

The poll surveyed 500 likely voters between October 12th and 15th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

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