The Green Papers: South Dakota 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 5 June 2018
✓ Secondary Election (no contests covered by this website require runoffs): Tuesday 14 August 2018
✓ General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Tuesday 27 March 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 24 April 2018 - Filing Deadline - Independent.
Tuesday 5 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).
Tuesday 14 August 2018 - Secondary Election (no contests covered by this website require runoffs). Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MST (1400-0200 UTC).
 
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


Offices nominated by party primary election are: U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Governor. Unopposed and Independent candidates do appear on the Primary ballot.

Offices nominated by Republican, Democratic, Constitution, and Libertarian political party convention are: 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.


2018 Election Information from the Secretary of State.

2018 Candidate List from the Secretary of State.

5 June 2018 Primary:
Returns from the Secretary of State.
Results from The New York Times
Results from Politico.


South Dakota Constitution Party held a state nominating convention on 14 July 2018 but the party's officers was not settled. The party will hold a second convention on 14 August. The South Dakota Democratic Convention is 15-16 June 2018. The Party will reconvene the Convention on 10 August. The South Dakota Republican Convention is 20-23 June 2018.

17 August 2018: Sixth Circuit Court Judge Patricia DeVaney issued a peremptory writ of prohibition which says "... the Secretary of State shall be permanently restrained from placing any candidates nominated by the Constitution Party of South Dakota on the 2018 general election ballot."


6 November 2018:
General Election Candidate List from the Secretary of State.
Certified returns from the Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th 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 (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds
FEC S4SD00049

Class 3 Republican Senator  John R. Thune
Served in U.S. House- first elected: 1996; re-elected: 1998, 2000. Unsuccessful candidate for Senate 2002. First elected to the U.S. Senate: 2004; re-elected: 2010, 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

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

Chair up for regular election
Open
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
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Republican 172,912 50.97% Congressman  Kristi Lynn Noem
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Larry Rhoden
14 November 2016: Congressman Kristi Lynn Noem announces her candidacy for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Democratic 161,454 47.60% state Senator  Billie H. Sutton
for Lieutenant Governor: Michelle Lavallee
  Candidate Libertarian 4,848 1.43% Kurt Evans
for Lieutenant Governor: Richard Shelatz
Total 339,214 100.00%  

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

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

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Open)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
At-Large
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman Kristi Lynn Noem
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 14 November 2016: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 202,695 60.33% former Public Utilities Commissioner Dustin "Dusty" Johnson
FEC H8SD01055; 17 Oct 18; Tot $1,538,102; Dsb $1,265,949
  Candidate Democratic 121,033 36.03% former state Court Judge Timothy W. "Tim" Bjorkman
FEC H8SD01097; 17 Oct 18; Tot $801,548; Dsb $642,766
  Candidate Independent 7,323 2.18% Ronald Lee "Ron" Wieczorek
FEC H2SD00068; 17 Oct 18; Tot $18,630; Dsb $18,082
  Candidate Libertarian 4,914 1.46% George D. Hendrickson
FEC H8SD01105
Total 335,965 100.00%  

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Secretary of State Shantel Krebs
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 13 March 2017: Running for U.S. House At-Large in 2018.
6 June 2018: Did not receive her party's nomination for the U.S. House.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 211,064 63.22% Auditor  Steve Barnett
  Candidate Democratic 122,807 36.78% Alexandra Frederick
Total 333,871 100.00%  
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
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
Open Seat - 1 March 2017: To run for Governor in 2018. Did not receive his party's nomination.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 179,071 55.16% Jason Ravnsborg
  Candidate Democratic 145,558 44.84% Randy Seiler
Total 324,629 100.00%  
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Treasurer  Richard L. "Rich" Sattgast
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - Running for State Auditor.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 195,019 62.35% Josh Haeder
  Candidate Democratic 117,763 37.65% Aaron Matson
Total 312,782 100.00%  
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Auditor  Steve Barnett
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - Running for Secretary of State.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 202,055 64.01% Treasurer  Richard L. "Rich" Sattgast
  Candidate Democratic 113,628 35.99% Tom Cool
Total 315,683 100.00%  
  
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

Seat up for regular election Republican School and Public Lands Commissioner  Ryan Brunner
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 193,434 62.35% School and Public Lands Commissioner  Ryan Brunner
  Candidate Democratic 116,786 37.65% Woody Houser
Total 310,220 100.00%  
 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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 candidates
  Republican: 10 incumbents, 8 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 2 candidates
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
 
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.

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

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  South Dakota Constitution
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
  South Dakota Libertarian Party
Media & others
  Argus Leader - Sioux Falls
  Capital Journal - Pierre
  Daily Press & Dakotan - Yankton
  Dakota Free Press
  KDLT TV - NBC - Sioux Falls
  KELO AM - Sioux Falls
  KELO TV - CBS - Sioux Falls
  KNBN TV-21 (NBC - Rapid City)
  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
  South Dakota War College - Brookings
  The Aberdeen American News
  The Brookings Register
  The Daily Republic - Mitchell
  Watertown Public Opinion

 


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