United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2010

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United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2010
South Dakota
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November 2, 2010
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  John Thune, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg


Nominee John Thune
Party Republican
Popular vote 227,947
Percentage 100%

South Dakota Senatorial Election Results by County, 2010.svg

County results

U.S. Senator before election

John Thune
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

John Thune
Republican

The 2010 United States Senate election in South Dakota was held on November 2, 2010 along other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Thune won re-election to a second term unopposed.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Thune was narrowly elected to his first term over Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle with 51% of the vote in 2004. In spite of his lack of seniority, Thune has risen to the position of chairman of the Republican Policy Committee in the United States Senate.

No members of the South Dakota Democratic Party filed to challenge Thune. Scott Heidepriem, the South Dakota Senate Minority Leader and a Democratic candidate for Governor of South Dakota, said, "We just concluded that John Thune is an extremely popular senator who is going to win another term in the Senate."[3]

Candidate[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
Cook Political Report Solid R[4] October 8, 2010
Rothenberg Safe R[5] October 1, 2010
Real Clear Politics Leans R[6]
Sabato's Crystal Ball Safe R[7] September 30, 2010
CQ Politics Safe R[8] October 8, 2010

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Thune
Generic
Democrat
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling June 5-8, 2010 702 ± 3.7% 54% 44% 5%
Public Policy Polling April 5, 2010 702 ± 3.7% 58% 34% 5%
Public Policy Polling January 5, 2010 702 ± 3.7% 56% 43% 5%
Public Policy Polling December 10–13, 2009 702 ± 3.7% 56% 33% 11%

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (Party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
John Thune (R) $6,282,750 $2,988,648 $7,194,549 $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[9]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Thune 227,947 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Republican Sen. John Thune unopposed by Democrats". KCAU-TV. April 1, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kurt Evans drops out of SD race for US Senate". KCAU-TV. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  3. ^ Brokaw, Chet (April 1, 2010). "S.D. Dems Skip Senate Race Against GOP’s Thune". Yankton Press & Dakotan. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Senate". Cook Political Report. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Senate Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Battle for the Senate". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2010 Senate Ratings". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Race Ratings Chart: Senate". CQ Politics. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2010 House and Senate Campaign Finance for South Dakota". fec.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ Secretary of State - Election Night Results - November 2nd, 2010

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites