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Rounds leading Senate candidates in Survey South Dakota poll

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Retiring U.S. Senator Tim Johnson’s seat is highly contested with nine candidates in the race. But if the election were held today, an independent poll of South Dakota voters found Republican Mike Rounds would win.

In a Survey South Dakota election poll, sponsored by KSFY News, KOTA-TV in Rapid City and the Aberdeen American News, Rounds defeats Democrat Rick Weiland by 14 percent, with former Republican Larry Pressler taking 17 percent of the vote as an Independent.  The poll was conducted by Survey USA.

Six months out from Election Day, Rounds holds 72 percent of Republican voters – while Weiland is supported by 59 percent of the Democratic voters. Polling found Pressler is hurting Weiland more than any Republican candidates, taking 17 percent of the Democratic voters.

Voters largely backed Rounds because of his stance on the economy and health care – the two most important issues for voters in this upcoming election.

Republicans seeking the seat are former Gov. Mike Rounds, state lawmakers Larry Rhoden and Stace Nelson, attorney and Army Reserves Maj. Jason Ravnsborg and physician Annette Bosworth. They'll face off in a June 3 primary.

The winner of the primary will join the Independents Clayton Walker, Larry Pressler, Gordon Howie and Democrat Rick Weiland in the general election on November 4.

Watch the full story on the Senate race in the video player above, and learn how South Dakota’s gubernatorial candidates fared in the polling. Wednesday, KSFY News will cover ballot issues, including voters’ opinions on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

About the poll: This poll was conducted by telephone in the voice of a professional announcer. Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD) sample provided by Survey Sampling, of Fairfield CT. All respondents heard the questions asked identically. The pollster's report includes the geography that was surveyed; the date(s) interviews were conducted, the number of respondents who answered each question and the theoretical margin of sampling error for each question. Where necessary, respondents were weighted using the most recent US Census estimates for age, gender, ethnic origin and region, to align the sample to the population. In theory, one can say with 95% certainty that the results would not vary by more than the stated margin of sampling error, in one direction or the other, had the entire universe of respondents with home telephones been interviewed with complete accuracy. There are other possible sources of error in all surveys that may be more serious than sampling error. These include: the difficulty of interviewing respondents who do not have a home telephone; the refusal by some with home telephones to be interviewed; the order in which questions are asked; the wording of questions; the way and extent to which data are weighted; and the manner in which specialized populations, such as likely voters, are determined. It is difficult to quantify the errors that may result from these and other factors. Research methodology, questionnaire design and fieldwork for this survey were completed by SurveyUSA of Clifton, NJ. This statement conforms to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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