The Green Papers: South Dakota 2022 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 7 June 2022
✓ Secondary Election (runoff - no contests covered by this website advance to a runoff): Tuesday 16 August 2022
✓ General Election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Tuesday 29 March 2022 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Third/Minor .
Tuesday 26 April 2022 - Filing Deadline - Independent. .
Tuesday 7 June 2022 - Primary . Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).
Tuesday 16 August 2022 - Secondary Election (runoff - no contests covered by this website advance to a runoff) . Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).
Tuesday 8 November 2022 - 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 
2020 Census:887,770 (0.29% of 309,785,186)
2024, 2028 Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
2022-2030 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
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: U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Governor. Unopposed appear on the Primary ballot.

Offices nominated by Republican (23-25 June), 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.

If a candidate is unopposed, there is no Primary.


2022 Election Calendar and Candidate List from the South Dakota Secretary of State.

7 June 2022 Primary returns from an official source, results from a media source, results from a media source.


8 November 2022 General Election returns from the South Dakota Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 117th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2020.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2026

Class 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  John R. Thune
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2022
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
Renominated
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Republican 242,316 69.63% Senator  John R. Thune
FEC S2SD00068; 19 Oct 22; Tot $7,020,290; Dsb $3,232,402
  Candidate Democratic 91,007 26.15% Brian L. Bengs
FEC S2SD00126; 19 Oct 22; Tot $424,054; Dsb $356,209
  Candidate Libertarian 14,697 4.22% Tamara J. Lesnar
FEC S2SD00142
Total 348,020 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Republican Governor  Kristi Lynn Noem
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2022
First elected: 2018.
Previously served in the U.S. House 2011-2019.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Renominated
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Republican 217,035 61.98% Governor  Kristi Lynn Noem
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden
  Candidate Democratic 123,148 35.17% state Representative  Jamie Smith
for Lieutenant Governor: Jennifer Keintz
  Candidate Libertarian 9,983 2.85% Tracey Quint
for Lieutenant Governor: Ashley Strand
Total 350,166 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with the Governor. No separate primaries for Gov and Lt Gov.

Seat up for regular election Republican Lieutenant Governor  Larry Rhoden
First elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Renominated

117th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2022, 2024. No Term Limit. 117th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Renominated)

Incumbent - 117th Congress
At-Large
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Dustin "Dusty" Johnson
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2022
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 118th Congress
  Elected Republican 253,821 77.42% Member of Congress  Dustin "Dusty" Johnson
FEC H8SD01055; 19 Oct 22; Tot $2,488,097; Dsb $1,237,494
  Candidate Libertarian 74,020 22.58% Collin Duprel
FEC H2SD00142
Total 327,841 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Secretary of State  Steve Barnett
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Open Seat - 26 June 2022: Lost his party's nomination at the state Convention 39% to Monae Johnson 61%.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 212,348 63.90% Monae Johnson
  Candidate Democratic 119,975 36.10% Thomas A. "Tom" Cool
Total 332,323 100.00%  
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Attorney General Mark Vargo
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Open Seat - February 2021: The state legislature has drawn up Articles of Impeachment against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (Republican) regarding a September 2020 fatal traffic accident in which he was driving. Jason Ravnsborg has been charged with 3 misdemeanors. Governor Kristi Noem (Republican) has called for Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's resignation.
25 August 2021: Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, in a plea agreement, plead guilty to misdemeanor traffic charges. There will be no trail or jail time.
12 April 2022: The state House of Representatives voted to impeach Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, 36-31, regarding his September 2020 fatal traffic accident. On or after 2 May, the state Senate will conduct a trial to determine if Attorney General Ravnsborg remains in office. He is temporarily suspended until the trial.
1 June 2022: Media reports indicate Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will not run for re-election.
10 June 2022: "I would confirm I will not be running for attorney general...."
21 June 2022: The state Senate voted, 24 to 9, to remove Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (Republican) from office during his impeachment trial. He was first elected in 2018.
28 June 2022: Mark Vargo is appointed by Governor Kristi Lynn Noem (Republican) to fill the remainder of the term which ends 6 January 2023.
29 June 2022: Mark Vargo South Dakota Attorney General takes office.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) and Uncontested Race **
 Candidate list (1)
  Elected Republican 257,419 100.00% former state Attorney General Marty J. Jackley
Former South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley was appointed on 4 September 2009, first elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He ran for Governor in 2018 but did not receive his party's nomination.
Total 257,419 100.00%  
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer  Josh Haeder
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2022
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Renominated
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 219,334 67.02% Treasurer  Josh Haeder
  Candidate Democratic 107,916 32.98% John Cunningham
Total 327,250 100.00%  
  
Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor  Richard L. "Rich" Sattgast
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2022
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Renominated
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Republican 206,633 62.65% Auditor  Richard L. "Rich" Sattgast
  Candidate Democratic 105,163 31.89% Stephanie Lynn Marty
  Candidate Libertarian 18,001 5.46% Rene Meyer
Total 329,797 100.00%  
  
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: 2018, 2022

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican School and Public Lands Commissioner Jarrod Johnson
Appointed: 25 January 2022 [re: resignation of Ryan Brunner (Republican)]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Open Seat
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 215,742 66.74% state Senator  Brock L. Greenfield
  Candidate Democratic 107,518 33.26% Timothy "Tim" Azure
Total 323,260 100.00%  
 

25 January 2022: School and Public Lands Commissioner Ryan Brunner (Republican), who was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, resigned effective 31 January 2022 to become a senior policy advisor to Governor Kristi Noem (Republican). Deputy Commissioner Jarrod Johnson was appointed interim Schools and Public Lands Commissioner effective 1 February 2022.

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): 6 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.
  Libertarian: 4 candidates
 
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.


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