The Democrats have trotted out a bunch of their "internal" polls which purport Herseth Sandlin to be way ahead of Noem. Read it here.
Most folks who regularly come to this site know I've little regard for polling for a number of reasons. The Rasmussen Poll, which is among the few I almost trust, has Noem out ahead of Herseth Sandlin. I think it's a whole lot closer to a dead heat.
Here are some of my problems with the race:
1. I've met and spoken with both candidates. I think Noem is the superior thinker and would be a superior representative. Herseth Sandlin (and her staff) are superior politicians...i.e. they're better at slinging mud and making it look like they're discussing issues.
2. There are a lot of issues to discuss in this state and both candidates have avoided doing so like the plague. Herseth Sandlin ads are sticky-sweet vacuous wastes of air time and expensive video production and present the lie that she has South Dakota's best interests at heart. Noem's first two ads were exactly what they needed to be: short, to the point and effective. Still, those ads talked about what was wrong with Congress. And, I believe both candidates need to address what they will do once elected, and neither have.
3. I have spoken to many (Democrats and Republicans) who watched them debate and most believe their candidate did well but did not run away with it.
4. Both candidates have discussed agricultural issues to a small degree, but not enough to know where they actually stand. And neither of them has discussed other small businesses in South Dakota, or it's redheaded step-child tax revenue producer: tourism.
5. Kristi's last post on her website was Aug. 26th. Herseth Sandlin's last post was Aug. 28.
Neither campaign is doing a good job. I believe moderates and conservatives in South Dakota who meet Noem, will like her and likely vote for her. If she meets enough of those moderates, Herseth Sandlin will lose the race. Herseth Sandlin's vote for Pelosi and her refusal to repeal Obamacare, may have lost the race anyway.
It's a shame isn't it? Two bright candidates. And, we know so little about either of them.