United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2014

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United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2014

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  Mike Rounds official Senate portrait (cropped).jpg 3x4.svg Larry Pressler.jpg
Nominee Mike Rounds Rick Weiland Larry Pressler
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 140,741 82,456 47,741
Percentage 50.4% 29.5% 17.1%

South Dakota Senate Election Results by County, 2014.svg
County Results

Rounds:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Weiland:      30-40%      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      80–90%

U.S. Senator before election

Tim Johnson
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Mike Rounds
Republican

The 2014 United States Senate election in South Dakota took 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 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 were 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]

Rick Weiland

Politicians

Organizations

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Weiland faced no opposition in the Democratic primary.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Stace Nelson
  • Blaine "Chip" Campbell, State Representative[33]
  • Gordon Howie, radio host, former State Senator and candidate for Governor in 2010[33]
  • Dan Kaiser, State Representative[33]
  • Elizabeth May, State Representative[33]
  • Lance Russell, State Representative[33]
Larry Rhoden
Mike Rounds

Polling[edit]

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

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[37]
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%
Total votes 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[41][42]

Withdrew[edit]

General election[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Rounds was widely seen as the front runner throughout the campaign.[45] However, he faced ongoing criticism on the election trail for his possible involvement with the State's ongoing EB-5 visa investigation, concerning the conflict of interest that Rounds' administration had when administering the EB-5 program. State officials misused funds to pay for their salaries, did not disclose that they owned companies which they gave contracts to, directed money towards companies that went bankrupt and arranged for loans from unknown sources from shell companies located in tax havens.[46][47][48] In October 2014, Rounds admitted that he had approved a $1 million state loan to meat-packing company Northern Beef shortly after learning that Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda had agreed to join the company, with Benda then getting another $600,000 in loans that was ultimately used to pay his own salary.[49][50] Benda committed suicide in October 2013, days before a possible indictment over embezzlement and grand theft charges.[51]

Columnist Jonathan Ellis of the Argus Leader called Rounds' fundraising "anemic" compared to the amount of outside money coming into the state on Weiland's side, and criticized the entire Rounds campaign as "more suited for sheriff of Mayberry County than U.S. Senate."[52]

Debates[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
Nielson Brothers Polling June 10–14, 2013 500 ± 4.4% 27.1% 54.3% 18.6%
Harper Polling September 4–5, 2013 517 ± 4.31% 38% 52% 10%
Nielson Brothers Polling October 2–6, 2013 818 ± 3.43% 34.8% 50.2% 15%
Public Policy Polling October 10–13, 2013 882 ± 3.3% 34% 40% 11%[53] 15%
Rasmussen Reports February 25–26, 2014 500 ± 4.5% 31% 51% 6% 11%
Public Policy Polling^ April 30 – May 1, 2014 745 ± 3.6% 28% 38% 15% 4% 15%
SurveyUSA May 6–10, 2014 504 ± 4.5% 30% 44% 17% 3% 2%[54] 5%
Rasmussen Reports June 4–5, 2014 750 ± 4% 29% 44% 18% 2% 7%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 631 ± 4.5% 34% 59% 3% 5%
Clarity Campaign Labs^ July 16–23, 2014 3,837 ± 1.44% 24% 34% 10% 3% 29%
Nielson Brothers Polling July 23–28, 2014 578 ± 4.04% 30.2% 42.9% 14.2% 4.1% 8.6%
Public Opinion Strategies* August 11–13, 2014 500 ± 4.38% 24% 49% 15% 4% 7%
Public Policy Polling^ August 12–13, 2014 726 ± 3.6% 31% 39% 16% 5% 9%
Public Policy Polling^ August 27–28, 2014 709 ± 3.7% 33% 39% 17% 4% 7%
42% 45% 13%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18 – September 2, 2014 526 ± 6% 29% 43% 6% 1% 21%
SurveyUSA September 3–7, 2014 510 ± 4.4% 28% 39% 25% 3% 5%
42% 44% 3% 11%
ccAdvertising September 22–23, 2014 1,769 ± ? 17% 39% 17% 27%
Public Opinion Strategies* September 22–23, 2014 500 ± 4.38% 23% 41% 19% 4% 12%
Nielson Brothers Polling September 21–25, 2014 647 ± 3.24% 25.7% 39.4% 23.7% 3.6% 7.2%
636 ± 3.27% 37.1% 45.4% 7.2% 10.3%
623 ± 3.3% 40.4% 38.7% 7.8% 13.2%
Public Policy Polling^ September 29–30, 2014 703 ± 3.7% 28% 35% 24% 8% 5%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20 – October 1, 2014 382 ± 7% 27% 42% 12% 1% 17%
SurveyUSA October 1–5, 2014 616 ± 4% 28% 35% 32% 3% 2%
47% 47% 3% 3%
39% 54% 3% 4%
Harper Polling October 9–11, 2014 630 ± 3.9% 33% 37% 23% 5% 2%
Public Opinion Strategies* October 18–20, 2014 500 ± 4.38% 24% 48% 16% 3% 9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 527 ± 8% 25% 38% 17% 0% 21%
NBC News/Marist October 19–23, 2014 730 LV ± 3.6% 29% 43% 16% 3% <1% 7%
990 RV ± 3.1% 28% 43% 16% 4% <1% 9%
Mason-Dixon October 20–23, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 33% 42% 13% 2% 10%
SurveyUSA October 21–26, 2014 611 ± 4% 32% 43% 19% 2% 4%
Rasmussen Reports October 22–26, 2014 908 ± 3.5% 31% 45% 21% 3%
Monmouth University October 24–27, 2014 429 ± 4.7% 31% 45% 19% 1% 4%
40% 48% 1% 11%
  • * Internal polling for the Mike Rounds campaign
  • ^ Internal polling for the Rick Weiland campaign

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2014[55]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Rounds 140,741 50.37% +12.86%
Democratic Rick Weiland 82,456 29.51% -32.98%
Independent Larry Pressler 47,741 17.09% N/A
Independent Gordon Howie 8,474 3.03% N/A
Majority 58,285 20.86% 4.12
Turnout 279,412 54.2%
Republican gain from Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  53. ^ Kurt Evans (L) 11%
  54. ^ Clayton Walker (I) 2%
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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites (Archived)