Poll: Noem, Tea Party Favorite, Running Neck-And-Neck In S.D. House Race

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) might have her work cut out for her in South Dakota’s lone U.S. House race, according to a new poll released Friday.  

The survey, conducted by in-state firm Nielson Brothers Polling, shows the freshman Congresswoman barely leading Democratic challenger Matt Varilek among registered voters in South Dakota, 47-46 percent.  

Elected in 2010 after a bruising race against former Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD), Noem has earned star status among fellow Republicans and the tea party faithful.  Varilek, a former staffer for Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), won the Democratic Party’s nomination in June.  

Nielson Brothers conducted its survey July 19-23 with 541 registered voters in South Dakota.  The poll has a margin of error of 4.21 percentage points.  

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