North Dakota Senate: Hoeven (R) 69%, Potter (D) 25%

Rasmussen Reports

Republican Governor John Hoeven continues to earn overwhelming support in his bid to win the North Dakota Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Byron Dorgan.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Hoeven picking up 69% support, while Democratic State Senator Tracy Potter gets 25% of the vote. Just one percent (1%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while five percent (5%) are undecided.

The numbers in this race have shown little change since Dorgan’s surprise announcement in January that he would not seek reelection.  That announcement came shortly after a Rasmussen Reports poll in the state showed Hoeven with a 22-point lead over Dorgan in a hypothetical Senate match-up.

Since then, support for Hoeven has ranged from 68% to 73%, while Potter has earned 17% to 25% of the vote. Last month, Hoeven led Potter 69% to 22%.

North Dakota is rated Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Voter ratings for Hoeven as governor remain high. Eighty-four percent (84%) approve of the job he’s doing, while only 16% disapprove.

Hoeven is backed by 97% of the state’s Republican voters, while Potter earns the vote from 69% of Democrats. Hoeven leads by better than four-to-one among voters not affiliated with either major political party.

This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in North Dakota was conducted on August 10, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers from the race for the state’s only House seat on Monday.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of North Dakota voters view Hoeven as politically conservative, while 28% see him as a moderate.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) believe Potter is liberal, but another 32% say he’s moderate.

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