Heitkamp up Five in New Poll, DSCC Launching Ad
The seat of retiring North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad is viewed as one of the best Republican pick-up opportunities on the Senate landscape this cycle, but Democrats have long contended that their prospects of holding onto the seat in November are better than most observers believe. To further that point, they released a new poll Friday conducted for the Peace Garden State's Democratic Party showing GOP at-large Rep. Rick Berg trailing Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by a small margin, results that were similar to a poll last November commissioned by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has purchased about $76,000 in airtime in North Dakota, matching a Crossroads GPS buy from this week. The DSCC ad is slated to run in markets across the state from April 25 to May 4.
In the new poll, conducted by St. Paul, Minn.-based DFM Research, Heitkamp leads Berg, 49 percent to 44 percent. Seven percent of likely voters are undecided or preferred another candidate.
Last November, the DSCC touted a Mellman Group survey it commissioned that showed Heitkamp leading Berg by the same, five-point margin, 47 percent to 42 percent.