More Democratic troubles on the Great Plains 

Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that South Dakota Democratic Congresswoman-at-Large Stephanie Herseth Sandlin leads Republican Secretary of State Chris Nelson by only 44%-42%. She leads other Republicans by wider margins but doesn’t top the 50% mark. Last month Rasmussen had Herseth Sandlin leading Nelson 45%-38%. Herseth Sandlin first won the at-large seat in a special election in 2004 and has won the succeeding general elections with 53%, 69% and 68% of the vote in a state which John McCain carried 53%-45%. She’s has a good political pedigree (South Dakotans don’t forget that her grandfather Ralph Herseth was elected governor in 1958, a year when South Dakotans gave a second term to a young Democratic congressman named George McGovern) and she voted against the cap-and-trade and health care bills. Nonetheless, she’s now running no better than Obama ran in the state in November 2008, and about one-third of those who voted for her in 2006 and 2008 aren’t ready to do so again.

So add another Democrat to the list of Democrats facing trouble in the Great Plains states.

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