Raleigh, N.C. – Popular former at-large Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was one of the casualties of the Republican wave election last November, falling to Kristi Noem by just over two points in one of the closest battles of the season. In PPP’s first test of a potential rematch for 2012, Herseth Sandlin leads by a single point.
Herseth Sandlin was first elected in a special election in 2004, re-upped that fall at the same time as longtime Democratic leader Tom Daschle was defeated by John Thune, and sent to two more terms in 2006 and 2008. She remains extremely well liked, with a 55-36 favorability margin, which pales Noem’s meager 38-35 approval rating for her short time in office so far. Even 28% of Republicans have positive views of Herseth Sandlin, and independents favor her by a 65-27 margin. Noem, meanwhile, has a 31-42 standing with unaffiliated voters, and she polarizes the two parties.