New Forum Communications Poll shows a sizeable gap in the race for GovernorFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A new poll shows a sizeable gap in the race for North Dakota Governor.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A new poll shows a sizeable gap in the race for North Dakota Governor.
The Forum Communications poll shows Governor Jack Dalrymple leading Ryan Taylor by more than 30 points.
Assuming there are no drastic changes in the next week and a half, it appears Jack Dalrymple will win the office he took over for John Hoeven in 2010.
Dalrymple leads his Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor 59% to 28%, with 13% undecided.
Political expert Jim Danielson says name recognition is likely at the root of the sizable gap.
Jim: "My guess is that a lot of the undecideds are among the Democrats or people who might lean in that direction. Although, in the state of North Dakota, Democrats have very often voted for Republican candidates at the state level."
In fact, 17-percent of those who identified as Democrats say they would vote for Dalrymple, while nine percent of Republicans would cast their ballots for Taylor.
500 North Dakotans were polled between October 12th and 15th.