United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2014

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United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2014
South Dakota
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November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)
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Rick Weiland official headshot.jpg

Mike Rounds official photo.JPG

Larry Pressler.jpg

Nominee Rick Weiland Mike Rounds Larry Pressler
Party Democratic Republican Independent

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Tim Johnson
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in South Dakota will take place on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the state of South Dakota, concurrently with the election of the Governor of South Dakota, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Tim Johnson has decided to retire instead of running for re-election to a fourth term in office.

Businessman Rick Weiland ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, while the Republicans picked former Governor of South Dakota Mike Rounds. Also running are two Independent candidates: former Republican U.S. Senator Larry Pressler, who served three terms in the Senate from 1979 to 1997, and former Republican State Senator Gordon Howie.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Kevin Artz, businessman[2][3][4]
  • Henry Jo Sinkie, rancher and resort owner[2][5]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Weiland faced no opposition in the Democratic primary.

Republican primary[edit]

Former Governor Mike Rounds was widely seen as the front runner, but he has been heavily criticized for his possible involvement with the State's ongoing EB-5 investigation.[21]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Annette
Bosworth
Stace
Nelson
Larry
Rhoden
Mike
Rounds
Undecided
Public Opinion Strategies April 8–10, 2014 500 ± 4.38% 8% 14% 7% 61% 9%
Nielson Brothers October 2–6, 2013 410 ± 4.84% 2.7% 10.4% 3.9% 46.1% 37%
Harper Polling September 4–5, 2013 252 ±6.17% 6% 8% 7% 58% 22%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Rounds 41,377 55.54%
Republican Larry Rhoden 13,593 18.25%
Republican Stace Nelson 13,179 17.69%
Republican Annette Bosworth 4,283 5.75%
Republican Jason Ravnsborg 2,066 2.77%
Totals 74,490 100.00%

Independents and Third Parties[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Disqualified[edit]

  • Clayton Walker (Independent), small business consultant and Democratic candidate for State Representative in 2010[42][43]

Withdrew[edit]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Rick
Weiland (D)
Mike
Rounds (R)
Larry
Pressler (I)
Gordon
Howie (I)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling^ August 27–28, 2014 709 ± 3.7% 33% 39% 17% 4% 7%
42% 45% 13%
Public Policy Polling^ August 12–13, 2014 726 ± 3.6% 31% 39% 16% 5% 9%
Public Opinion Strategies* August 11–13, 2014 500 ± 4.38% 24% 49% 15% 4% 7%
NBP/NPN Poll July 23-28, 2014 578 ± 4.04% 30% 43% 14% 4% 9%
Clarity Campaign Labs^ July 16-23, 2014 3,837 ± 1.44% 24% 34% 10% 3% 29%
CBS News/New York Times July 5–24, 2014 631 ± 4.5% 34% 59% 3% 5%
Rasmussen Reports June 4–5, 2014 750 ± 4% 29% 44% 18% 2% 7%
SurveyUSA May 6–10, 2014 504 ± 4.5% 30% 44% 17% 3% 2%[46] 5%
Public Policy Polling^ April 30–May 1, 2014 745 ± 3.6% 28% 38% 15% 4% 15%
Rasmussen Reports February 25–26, 2014 500 ± 4.5% 31% 51% 6% 11%
Public Policy Polling October 10–13, 2013 882 ± 3.3% 34% 40% 11%[47] 15%
Nielson Brothers October 2–6, 2013 818 ± 3.43% 34.8% 50.2% 15%
Harper Polling September 4–5, 2013 517 ± 4.31% 38% 52% 10%
Nielson Brothers June 10–14, 2013 500 ± 4.4% 27.1% 54.3% 18.6%
  • * Internal polling for Mike Rounds campaign
  • ^ Internal polling for Rick Weiland campaign

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Update: Rick Weiland's Senate run draws support from Daschle, others". Argus Leader. May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Field for South Dakota US Senate seat set". CTPost. March 26, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 7014. 
  3. ^ Wynn, Kimberly (February 14, 2014). "Resident set to run for Democratic nomination for Senate". Aberdeen News. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2nd Democrat Joins Senate Race". WNAX (AM). February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Heidelberger, Cory (February 3, 2014). "Democrat Henry Sinkie Seeking Democratic Nomination for U.S. Senate". Madville Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Frerichs' political future". Political Smokeout. May 29, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (May 13, 2013). "Stephanie Herseth Sandlin Not Running for Senate". Roll Call. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Stephanie Herseth Sandlin won’t run in South Dakota - James Hohmann - POLITICO.com
  10. ^ Carnia, Catalina (March 25, 2013). "Report: Democratic Sen. Johnson to retire". USA Today. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (May 22, 2013). "Will Pat O'Brien Enter South Dakota's US Senate Race?". Smart Politics. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Montgomery, David (September 23, 2013). "Volesky confirms interest in Senate race". Political Smokeout. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Volesky decides against entering U.S. Senate race". Plainsman. March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c d Montgomery, David (August 12, 2013). "In bid for Senate seat, Rick Weiland shrugs off national doubters". Argus Leader. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (May 14, 2013). "Tom Daschle backs Weiland for South Dakota Senate". The Hill. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ Huey-Burns, Caitlin (June 30, 2014). "Warren Stumps for Dems Where Obama Dare Not Go". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ Montgomery, David (September 17, 2013). "Weiland endorsed by anti-nukes group". Political Smokeout. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  18. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (March 11, 2014). "Progressive group endorses in Maine, South Dakota". The Hill. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ Simmons-Ritchie, Daniel (June 12, 2013). "Tribal leaders endorse Rick Weiland's Senate bid". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Steelworkers Endorse Rick Weiland for U.S. Senate". PR Newswire. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  21. ^ Montgomery, David (30 November 2013). "GOP Senate challengers want Rounds at debates". Argus-Leader. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  22. ^ Heidelberger, Cory Allen (June 4, 2013). "Wanted: Communications Coordinator for Bosworth Senate Campaign". Madville Times. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ Montgomery, David (June 10, 2013). "Bosworth says she represents new generation for Senate". Political Smokeout. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Stace Nelson to announce run for U.S. Senate". Argus Leader. August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Army reservist to run for U.S. Senate". Argus Leader. December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  26. ^ Montgomery, David (July 9, 2013). "Legislative leader Larry Rhoden to challenge Mike Rounds". Argus Leader. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  27. ^ Woster, Kevin (October 30, 2011). "WOSTER: Rounds keeps eye on 2014". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  28. ^ Brokaw, Chet (November 29, 2012). "Former SD Gov. Rounds announces run for US Senate". The American News. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  29. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (March 28, 2013). "Former SD lieutenant governor considering run for Senate". The Hill. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  30. ^ Heidelberger, Cory (June 11, 2013). "Noem Not the Anti-Rounds Candidate; Opportunity Knocks, Rep. Nelson…". Madville Times. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  31. ^ Montgomery, David (May 23, 2013). "Some conservative groups down on Noem as Rounds challenger". Political Smokeout. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  32. ^ Camia, Catalina (June 11, 2013). "Rep. Kristi Noem passes on S.D. Senate race". USA Today. 
  33. ^ "Once again, Former State Rep. Mark Venner is out of the US Senate Race.". South Dakota War College. November 26, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  34. ^ a b c d e "Nelson for Senate announces campaign team". South Dakota War College. October 8, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  35. ^ a b Powers, Pat (February 8, 2014). "Larry Rhoden Endorsed by Red State as Their Preferred Conservative in the US Senate Race". South Dakota War College. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  36. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (May 3, 2013). "Huckabee endorses Rounds for South Dakota Senate". The Hill. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  37. ^ Thune offers Rounds support in Senate bid | The Argus Leader | argusleader.com
  38. ^ "Primary Election - June 3, 2014". South Dakota Secretary of State. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  39. ^ Gordon Howie (April 3, 2014). "Ensuring a Choice for South Dakota Conservatives". American Clarion. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  40. ^ Eagle, Karen (November 7, 2013). "Former SD senator explores run as Independent for US office". Native Sun News. Native American Times. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  41. ^ Sullivan, Sean. "Ex-senator Pressler announces independent bid in South Dakota". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  42. ^ "Black Hawk man seeks run for U.S. Senate". Rapid City Journal. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  43. ^ Uecker, Toby (May 20, 2014). "Successful Walker Challenge: Affidavit Cites Misregistered, Unregistered, Fictitious Voters". Madville Times. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  44. ^ Montgomery, David (September 14, 2013). "Libertarian Evans to run for U.S. Senate in 2014". Argus Leader. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  45. ^ Rookhuyzen, David (December 19, 2013). "Libertarian Kurt Evans ends Senate run". Capital Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  46. ^ Clayton Walker (I) 2%
  47. ^ Kurt Evans (L) 11%

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites