The Green Papers: South Dakota 2015 General Election
 
This page is for offices up for election in 2015. Find 2016 elections here.

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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:819,761 (0.26% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
Capital:Pierre
 

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South Dakota State and Local Government

South Dakota 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Offices nominated by party primary election: U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Governor.

Offices nominated by Republican, Democratic, Constitution, and Libertarian political party convention: Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Commission of School and Public Lands.

South Dakota does not permit write-ins.

If no candidate for United States Senate, U.S. House of Representatives or Governor receives 35% of the vote in the primary, a secondary election, between the two highest vote getters, shall be held 10 weeks from the date of the primary election.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds
FEC S4SD00049

Class 3 Republican Senator John R. Thune
First elected: 2004; re-elected: 2010.
(also served in U.S. House- first elected: 1996; re-elected: 1998, 2000. Unsuccessful candidate for Senate 2002.)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator John R. Thune
FEC S2SD00068; 30 Sep 15; Tot $2,290,513; Dsb $797,059

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor Dennis M. Daugaard
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with the Governor. No separate primaries for Gov and Lt Gov.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Matthew "Matt" Michels
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
At-Large Republican Congressman Kristi Lynn Noem
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Paula Hawks
FEC H6SD01091; 30 Sep 15; Tot $63,393; Dsb $17,792
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Kristi Lynn Noem
FEC H0SD00054; 30 Sep 15; Tot $926,700; Dsb $384,543

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Secretary of State Shantel Krebs
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Attorney General Marty J. Jackley
Appointed 4 September 2009 upon the resignation of Attorney General Larry Long. First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Treasurer Richard L. "Rich" Sattgast
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Auditor Steve Barnett
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Commissioner of School and Public Lands  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican School and Public Lands Commissioner Ryan Brunner
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Republican: 10 incumbents, 3 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  South Dakota Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  South Dakota Legislature - Legislative Research Council
Democratic
  South Dakota Democratic Party
Republican
  South Dakota Republican Party
Third Party
  Constitution Party of South Dakota
  Constitution Party of South Dakota
Media & others
  Argus Leader - Sioux Falls
  Capital Journal - Pierre
  Daily Press & Dakotan - Yankton
  Dakota Free Press
  DMOZ - South Dakota
  KDLT TV - NBC - Sioux Falls
  KELO TV - CBS - Sioux Falls
  KOTA TV - ABC - Rapid City
  KSFY TV - ABC - Sioux Falls
  KSOO AM - Sioux Falls
  Madison Daily Leader
  NewsLink - South Dakota Newspapers
  Plainsman - Huron
  Politics1.com - South Dakota
  Rapid City Journal
  South Dakota Politics - Conservative
  South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  The Aberdeen American News
  The Brookings Register
  The Daily Republic - Mitchell
  Watertown Public Opinion

 


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