Daugaard leads the governor's race in the first KOTA Poll - KOTA Territory News

Daugaard leads the governor's race in the first KOTA Poll

More than 500 people were polled for our exclusive KOTA Poll May 6 through May 10. It covered a variety of issues, including which political candidates people prefer.

The KOTA Poll is if the races were held now.
For of the governor's race in South Dakota, Republican Dennis Daugaard defeats Democrat Susan Wismer 56 percent to 23 percent, with Michael Myers, running as an independent, at 13 percent. If Democrat Joe Lowe is in the race, Daugaard would defeat him 57 percent to 21 percent, with Myers at 11 percent.

George Nielsen, who lives in Rapid City, participated in our KOTA Poll.
He says he agrees with the results about the governor's race and he is in full support of current Governor Dennis Daugaard.

"He had been a Lieutenant Governor and you didn't hear much from him, but now that he is the governor I think he has taken charge and has shown leadership," said Nielsen.

Nielsen says he thinks the poll is accurate and there will be another win for Daugaard.

"I think there is a wave that favors the Republicans now and I think he is enjoying the benefits of it," said Nielsen.

Ella Wilcox is also a Daugaard supporter.

"I am absolutely for him. I think so far he has done a good job," said Wilcox.

One important issue for Wilcox is the economy.

"I think he has fiscal responsibility for our state. And I think as far as South Dakota goes amongst other states I think we do pretty well compared to what other states are doing," said Wilcox.

But not everybody will vote for Daugaard.

"I always vote Democratic," said Ken Edmondson.

Edmondson takes several different medications a day and says he wants medicaid expansion.

"The main thing I don't like is how they didn't allow Medicaid to be expanded in this state," said Edmondson.

Edmondson says even though he doesn't support Daugaard he thinks he'll most likely win.

"Probably because the state is so heavily Republican."

According to the KOTA Poll, Daugaard was seen unfavorably by 33 percent of Democrats. So there are some Democrats who support Daugaard. And Nielsen says it might be because South Dakota is a small state.

"People know the candidates and the officers that they have, and I think the Democrats know him and approve of his work," said Nielsen.

While these people may not agree on everything. They all say Daugaard will probably be in office for another term.

The KOTA Poll was conducted by SurveyUSA for KOTA Territory News, along with our partners KSFY News in Sioux Falls, and the Aberdeen American News. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percent.

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