Poll: Cramer Leads Heikamp by 9 Points

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) holds a re-election rally on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, Oct. 21, 2018. Under a new law, North Dakotans cannot vote without a residential address; Native Americans, who largely rely on post office boxes, are working to overcome what they see as a clear attempt at voter suppression. "If you don't vote, you will be invisible," she said here. (Kristina Barker/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

There is scant publicly-available polling in North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race, despite the competition garnering national attention, and that’s been frustrating. While the polling we do have shows Cramer with a strong lead, it’s hard to hang your hat on any conclusions based on few data points.

Today we got another data point. Polling from the Trafalgar Group (which has earned a C rating from FiveThirtyEight.com) shows Cramer with a 9 point lead over Heitkamp:


That’s down significantly from the 16 point lead for Cramer the last public poll conducted by Strategic Research Associates showed, but it’s in line with the 11 point lead for Cramer that Republicans told me yesterday their most recent polling showed.

You can read the full Trafalgar polling memo below.

Here’s a table showing all of the public polling going back to February:

And here’s the trend line:

All the usual caveats about a single poll apply here, but I will say that these results make sense. Heitkamp has a rough news cycle a couple of weeks ago, but since then shes been pouring money into her messaging and as a result the race has tightened.

The question is whether she can move the needle enough to win on election day.

Keep in mind, at this point tens of thousands of North Dakotans have already voted.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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