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Conservative Ranking


South Dakota is the 11th most conservative state, voting 19.0% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


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

GOP Trend Ranking


South Dakota ranks 18th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

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    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Timothy Johnson is running for a 3rd term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Joel Dykstra - South Dakota State Representative  
  • Charles Gonyo
  • Sam Kephart

    DEM Candidates

  • Timothy Johnson - Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

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    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    No competitive races in 2008
     
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District AL:  Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)-inc vs. Chris Lien (R)
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    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • March 25, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • June 3, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • June 3, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • 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, 15 DEM
      State House - GOP control 50 GOP, 20 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Mike Rounds (R) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Dennis Daugaard (R) - 2nd term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Tim Johnson (D) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  John Thune (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • House District 1:  Stephanie Sandlin (D) - 3rd term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid GOP -- Solid GOP --

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Weak DEM -- --
    Class 3 -- -- Weak GOP --

    Governor -- Solid GOP -- Solid GOP

    House 1 GOP 1 GOP 1 DEM 1 DEM
    CD-1 Solid GOP Mod GOP Mod Dem Solid DEM

    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
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    John McCain
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    Tim Johnson - inc
    vs
    Joel Dykstra
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    Governor
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    House
    No competitive races
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