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South Dakota  
 
General Information

Election Timeline


  • March 30, 2010 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • June 8, 2010 - Primary elections
  • June 29, 2010 - Primary runoff
  • November 2, 2010 - Election day
  • Latest Polls and Updates


    Conservative Ranking


    South Dakota is the 19th most conservative state, voting 15.68% more Republican in the 2008 presidential elections than the national average.

    Partisan Trend


    Based on voting patterns since 1992, South Dakota is trending REPUBLICAN in presidential elections.

    GOP Trend Ranking


    South Dakota ranks 15th among the 50 states.
     

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Republican incumbent John Thune seeks a 2nd term in 2010.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • John Thune - Incumbent  
  • DEM Candidates

  • Unopposed
  • Party nominee -

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    Governor's Race
    OPEN SEAT:  Two-term Republican incumbent Mike Rounds is term-limited in 2010.

    GOP Candidates

  • Dennis Daugaard - South Dakota Lt. Governor  
  • Gordon Howie - South Dakota State Senator
  • Dave Knudson - South Dakota State Senator
  • Scott Munsterman - Mayor of Brookings
  • Ken Knuppe
  • DEM Candidates

  • Scott Heidepriem - South Dakota State Senator  
  • Party nominee -

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    Competitive House Races

    At-large District (map)
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin seeks a 5th term in 2010.  She faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Kristi Noem  
  • Blake Curd - South Dakota State Representative
  • Chris Nelson - South Dakota Secretary of State
  • DEM Candidates

  • Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin - Incumbent  
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    Party nominee -

     
    Other House Races
    None
     
    Additional Information
    Current Partisan Breakdown
     
    National Delegation
      Senators 1 GOP, 1 DEM
      Representatives 1 DEM
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor - tied to Governor GOP
      State Senate - GOP control 20 GOP, 14 DEM, 1 IND
      State House - GOP control 46 GOP, 24 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Mike Rounds (R) - 2nd term, term-limited in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Dennis Daugaard (R) - 2nd term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Tim Johnson (D) - 3rd term, up for re-election in 2014
  • Junior Senator:  John Thune (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • House District 1:  Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D) - 4th term
  • Historical Partisan Snapshot


     
      Race 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008

    President Solid R -- Solid R -- Mod R

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Weak D -- -- Solid D
    Class 3 -- -- Weak R -- --

    Governor -- Solid R -- Solid R --

    House 1 GOP 1 GOP 1 DEM 1 DEM 1 DEM
    CD-1 Solid R Mod R Mod D Solid D Solid D

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    South Dakota Race Tracking
    Senate
    John Thune - inc
    vs
    unoppposed
    Projected Winner
    Thune by >60%
     
    Governor (open)
    Dennis Daugaard
    vs
    Scott Heidepriem
    Projected Winner
    House District AL
    Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin - inc
    vs
    Kristi Noem
    Projected Winner
    Special Thanks To:

    Charlie Cook
    Cook Political


    Congressional Quarterly
    CQ Politics


    D.C. Finegold Sachs
    DC's Political Report


    Dave Leip
    U.S. Election Atlas


    David Wissing
    The Hedgehog Report


    Larry Sabato
    Crystal Ball


    Richard & Tony
    The Green Papers


    Rose Institute
    Redistricting in America


    Tom Bevan and John McIntyre
    RealClearPolitics

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