From the folks at Rasmussen:
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard with 51% support to Heidepriem’s 36%. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
But now another Republican, State Senate Majority Leader Dave Knudson, runs nearly as strongly. Knudson earns 49% of the vote to 34% for the Democrat. Ten percent (10%) favor another candidate, while again six percent (6%) are undecided.
In late April, Knudson and Heidepriem were tied at 41% apiece. Heidepriem held small leads over Knudson in February and March, but the Republican has been steadily gaining ground. This marks Knudson’s best showing to date.
A few thoughts: 1) It is highly probable that South Dakota will not elect Heidepriem as governor, regardless of who is selected as his opponent in the general election. 2) Name recognition is critical right now in the Republican primary. 3) Unless Knuppe can wake up Rapid and Sioux Falls, he’s probably going to be ranching full-time.