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ND Agricultural commissioner race wide open, according to survey

BISMARCK , N.D. -- The race for North Dakota agricultural commissioner -- pitting incumbent Republican Doug Goehring against former state Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor -- is wide open, according to a statewide poll.

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Taylor, who ranches near Towner, N.D., is an Agweek columnist.

BISMARCK , N.D. -- The race for North Dakota agricultural commissioner -- pitting incumbent Republican Doug Goehring against former state Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor -- is wide open, according to a statewide poll.

Surveying 600 voters, campaign pollster The Mellman Group found Goehring and Taylor tied, each with 36 percent of the vote. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed were undecided.

Taylor earned 17 percent of Republican votes, showing strong appeal across party lines. He also leads 40 percent to Goehring's 29 percent in oil-producing areas, according to a one-page summary of the poll released by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party.

"Everybody has suspected that the agriculture commissioner's race was going to be one of the most competitive races this year," Chad Oban, executive director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, said in a release. "This poll confirms just how competitive it really is."

The Washington, D.C.-based Mellman Group is a polling firm that works primarily with Democratic firms.

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The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent and is higher for subgroups.

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