The latest Madville Times poll asked readers "Which Republican is best qualified to be South Dakota's next governor?"
|Dennis Daugaard ||58% (105 votes)|
|Dave Knudson||17% (31)|
|Scott Munsterman||12% (23)|
|Gordon Howie ||7% (13)|
|Ken Knuppe||3% (6)|
Granting a margin of error for online polls slightly larger than the Jim River Valley, what alternative hypotheses might we frame from these results?
- The sensible read: The GOP primary will go the way the conventional wisdom expects, with Dennis Daugaard's three-year fundraising campaign swamping all comers.
- The whisker read: Republicans think more like my wife than I about handlebar mustaches. (Or maybe Knuppe just needs to big mutton chops!)
- The skeptical read: The fine young folks working in the Daugaard campaign office are spending too much time on the Internet.
- The right-wing read: The liberal readers of the Madville Times clearly prefer Progressive Republicans-in-Name-Only to brave and pure conservatives like Gordon Howie who know that nothing is more important than fighting the culture war.