MINOT, N.D. — Late last week the Democratic-NPL released polling showing independent candidate Cara Mund competitive in North Dakota’s U.S. House race with incumbent Republican Kelly Armstrong.
That polling, conducted Sept. 19-21 by DFM Research, showed Mund at 40%, and Armstrong at 44%.
But now Armstrong has released his own polling, conducted almost contemporaneously with the Democratic-NPL poll, and it shows a very different picture of the race. In that survey, which was in the field Sept. 16 through 19 and conducted by Axis Research, Armstrong is at 52%, while Mund is at 30%, with 18% undecided.
Armstrong also released two previous polls his campaign commissioned, from two other polling firms, showing him with large leads over Mund dating back to late August.
“We have polled three times since Cara has gotten in the race. We have used three different polling companies to ensure we are getting the most diverse/accurate information,” Armstrong told me of his surveys. “We don’t do it for a press release. We do it so that we know how to move forward with our campaign. The only way to do that well is if we can trust the data.”