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Published April 28, 2012, 09:04 AM

North Dakota Dems' Poll: Berg, Heitkamp in Virtual Tie

FARGO – A poll released Friday by North Dakota Democrats finds the top two contenders in the state’s U.S. Senate race are in a virtual statistical tie.

By: Forum Communications,

FARGO – A poll released Friday by North Dakota Democrats finds the top two contenders in the state’s U.S. Senate race are in a virtual statistical tie.

The state party’s poll, conducted April 18-26 by DFM Research in St. Paul, asked 478 North Dakotans who they would vote for in a matchup between Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Rick Berg.

According to an edited summary of the results sent by Heitkamp’s campaign and the Democratic-NPL Party:

- 49 percent of respondents would vote for Heitkamp

- 44 percent would vote for Berg

- 6 percent were unsure who they’d vote for.

- 1 percent said they’d vote for someone else or neither candidate

The poll’s results had a margin of error of 4.5 percent, putting Heitkamp’s edge in the poll less than 1 percent above the margin of error. (The poll’s question on North Dakota’s Senate race did not include Republican Duane Sand, who’s challenging Berg in the June 12 primary.)

The memo released today by North Dakota Democrats did not list all of the questions asked by the polling firm, which also surveyed respondents about the national political scene.

In November, a poll by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign committee had Heitkamp ahead of Berg 47 percent to 42 percent.

So far, there have been no independent poll results publicly reported in the North Dakota Senate race.

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