We in the blogosphere have had some discussion about the accuracy of Republican-run Rasmussen polling. But they're the only folks polling the South Dakota Congressional race consistently, so perhaps we can at least learn something by comparing their numbers.
Their latest poll shows incumbent Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin leading GOP challenger Kristi Noem 47% to 45%. That reverses Noem's easy leads throughout the summer, while everyone was at the lake with Dennis.
Nitty gritty: The poll was conducted September 8. That gave Noem's court-dodging and arrest warrants time to sink in with the electorate, as well as Senator Al Franken's visit in support of the Democratic incumbent. That also gave voters time to soak in coverage of Noem's dismal debate performances alongside efforts to ape the campaign faux-blogging that helped Thune beat Daschle in 2004. Alas, it does not capture the impact of ratty-capped Kristi's posed horsewomanship on ABC this morning.
...speaking of which, I just heard Kristi Noem speed through all of her worst lines on her reckless driving record in under 12 seconds (start at 5:40 in ABC's video): "I was on an Interstate... South Dakota's got a lot of open flat miles... always been my nature to be in a hurry and get things done." Noem continues to rationalize her irresponsibility... and she never mentions skipping court.
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