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Dem poll finds slim GOP lead in SD governor race

Dem poll finds slim GOP lead in SD governor race
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Rep. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota AG had glasses of man killed in car crash after the incident The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Noem to get fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago hosted by Donald Trump Jr. MORE (R-S.D.) leads South Dakota state Sen. Billie Sutton (D) by just 4 points in South Dakota's gubernatorial race, according to a new poll from Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt Grove Research. 

The survey, which was commissioned by Sutton, found that Noem currently leads Sutton 46 percent to 42 percent, with 13 percent of voters polled remaining undecided in the reliably red state.

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The poll also shows Sutton has won over some voters in Noem's own party.

Twenty-one percent of registered Republicans surveyed said they would vote for Sutton, and he leads Noem among unaffiliated voters by 19 points. 

"[Sutton] is competitive with Noem because voters know and like him, and he takes a lead in polling when voters hear profile information about both candidates to simulate voters getting to know them better," the polling firm writes. 

Sutton has a 6 point lead when voters hear information about both candidates, according to the poll. 

South Dakota hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1974 and President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE won the state by nearly 30 points in the 2016 election.

“It’s clear my message of common sense and bipartisan leadership is resonating with Republicans, independents and Democrats alike,” Sutton said in a news release to The Rapid City Journal.

The Anzalone Liszt Grove Research poll was conducted among a sample of 500 South Dakota voters from July 19-25. The margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.