United States presidential election in South Dakota, 2016

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United States presidential election in South Dakota, 2016

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Turnout 69.62%

  Donald Trump official portrait (cropped).jpg Hillary Clinton by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Gary Johnson June 2016.jpg
Nominee Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Gary Johnson
Party Republican Democratic Libertarian
Home state New York New York New Mexico
Running mate Mike Pence Tim Kaine William Weld
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 227,721 117,458 20,845
Percentage 61.5% 31.7% 5.6%

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County Results


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Results by county showing number of votes by size and candidates by color

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Donald Trump
Republican

Treemap of the popular vote by county.

The 2016 United States presidential election in South Dakota was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. South Dakota voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

On June 7, 2016, in the presidential primaries, South Dakota voters will express their preferences for the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian parties' respective nominees for president. Registered members of each party may only vote in their party's primary.

South Dakota has voted for the Republican ticket in every election since 1968. Donald Trump continued the Republican tradition in South Dakota, carrying the state with 61.5% of the vote, to Hillary Clinton's 31.7% of the vote,[1] a 29.8% margin of victory, the largest for either party candidate since Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower's 38.5% margin in 1952. South Dakota was also one of eight states where Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson won over 5% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Five candidates appeared on the Democratic presidential primary ballot:

South Dakota Democratic primary, June 7, 2016
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Hillary Clinton 27,047 51.03% 10 2 12
Bernie Sanders 25,959 48.97% 10 0 10
Uncommitted N/A 0 3 3
Total 53,006 100% 20 5 25
Source: The Green Papers, South Dakota Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Republican primary[edit]

Three candidates appeared on the Republican presidential primary ballot. The only candidate with a campaign that remained active was Donald Trump. Trump's state director was Neal Tapio.

Republican primary results by county.
  Donald Trump
South Dakota Republican primary, June 7, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage Actual delegate count
Bound Unbound Total
America Symbol.svg Donald Trump 44,867 67.09% 29 0 29
Ted Cruz (withdrawn) 11,352 16.97% 0 0 0
John Kasich (withdrawn) 10,660 15.94% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 0 0 0
Total: 66,879 100.00% 29 0 29
Source: The Green Papers

General Election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

The following are final 2016 predictions from various organizations for South Dakota as of Election Day.

  1. Los Angeles Times: Strongly Trump[2]
  2. CNN: Solid Trump[3]
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe Trump[4]
  4. NBC: Likely Trump[5]
  5. RealClearPolitics: Solid Trump[6]
  6. Fox News: Solid Republican[7]
  7. ABC: Solid Trump[8]

Statewide Results[edit]

United States presidential election in South Dakota, 2016
Party Candidate Running Mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Donald Trump Mike Pence 227,721 61.5% 3
Democratic Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine 117,458 31.7%
Libertarian Gary Johnson William Weld 20,845 5.6%
Constitution Darrell Castle Scott Bradley 4,059 1.1%
Totals

Results by county[edit]

Unofficial results by county last updated November 9, 2016.[9]

County Candidate Total
Trump Clinton Johnson Castle
Aurora percent 69.23% 24.16% 5.26% 1.35% 100.00%
votes 974 340 74 19 1,407
Beadle percent 65.79% 28.23% 4.77% 1.21% 100.00%
votes 4,455 1,912 323 82 6,772
Bennett percent 57.96% 35.86% 4.96% 1.22% 100.00%
votes 666 412 57 14 1,149
Bon Homme percent 70.78% 23.67% 4.34% 1.21% 100.00%
votes 2,105 704 129 36 2,974
Brookings percent 53.22% 38.48% 6.95% 1.36% 100.00%
votes 6,748 4,879 881 172 12,680
Brown percent 59.66% 33.84% 5.68% 0.83% 100.00%
votes 9,613 5,452 915 133 16,113
Brule percent 68.40% 24.96% 5.46% 1.18% 100.00%
votes 1,565 571 125 27 2,288
Buffalo percent 34.90% 60.41% 3.67% 1.02% 100.00%
votes 171 296 18 5 490
Butte percent 77.20% 15.95% 5.66% 1.20% 100.00%
votes 3,355 693 246 52 4,346
Campbell percent 84.72% 12.64% 2.41% 0.24% 100.00%
votes 704 105 20 2 831
Charles Mix percent 69.39% 27.24% 2.85% 0.52% 100.00%
votes 2,382 935 98 18 3,433
Clark percent 68.74% 24.02% 6.22% 1.03% 100.00%
votes 1,139 398 103 17 1,657
Clay percent 41.61% 51.45% 5.82% 1.12% 100.00%
votes 2,109 2,608 295 57 5,069
Codington percent 66.54% 27.20% 5.14% 1.12% 100.00%
votes 7,764 3,174 600 131 11,669
Corson percent 50.04% 45.53% 2.89% 1.53% 100.00%
votes 588 535 34 18 1,175
Custer percent 69.76% 23.75% 5.41% 1.08% 100.00%
votes 3,290 1,120 255 51 4,716
Davison percent 64.85% 29.62% 4.39% 1.14% 100.00%
votes 5,157 2,355 349 91 7,952
Day percent 59.23% 35.46% 4.22% 1.09% 100.00%
votes 1,627 974 116 30 2,747
Deuel percent 65.67% 27.40% 5.62% 1.30% 100.00%
votes 1,366 570 117 27 2,080
Dewey percent 42.36% 51.96% 4.16% 1.52% 100.00%
votes 723 887 71 26 1,707
Douglas percent 83.36% 13.33% 2.55% 0.75% 100.00%
votes 1,338 214 41 12 1,605
Edmunds percent 74.71% 19.81% 4.48% 0.99% 100.00%
votes 1,433 380 86 19 1,918
Fall River percent 70.47% 23.04% 4.66% 1.82% 100.00%
votes 2,511 821 166 65 3,563
Faulk percent 76.74% 18.25% 4.03% 0.98% 100.00%
votes 858 204 45 11 1,118
Grant percent 66.84% 27.23% 4.91% 1.01% 100.00%
votes 2,381 970 175 36 3,562
Gregory percent 76.52% 18.70% 3.73% 1.05% 100.00%
votes 1,600 391 78 22 2,091
Haakon percent 89.66% 7.38% 2.59% 0.38% 100.00%
votes 936 77 27 4 1,044
Hamlin percent 74.26% 20.09% 4.49% 1.16% 100.00%
votes 2,051 555 124 32 2,762
Hand percent 76.51% 18.37% 4.18% 0.94% 100.00%
votes 1,391 334 76 17 1,818
Hanson percent 74.63% 21.14% 2.94% 1.30% 100.00%
votes 1,497 424 59 26 2,006
Harding percent 90.25% 4.94% 4.03% 0.78% 100.00%
votes 694 38 31 6 769
Hughes percent 63.31% 29.96% 5.87% 0.86% 100.00%
votes 5,174 2,449 480 70 8,173
Hutchinson percent 74.80% 20.56% 3.33% 1.31% 100.00%
votes 2,517 692 112 44 3,365
Hyde percent 78.70% 18.12% 2.46% 0.72% 100.00%
votes 543 125 17 5 690
Jackson percent 65.94% 29.50% 3.29% 1.28% 100.00%
votes 722 323 36 14 1,095
Jerauld percent 67.01% 27.30% 3.72% 1.96% 100.00%
votes 648 264 36 19 967
Jones percent 80.65% 12.37% 5.73% 1.25% 100.00%
votes 450 69 32 7 558
Kingsbury percent 65.86% 27.56% 5.45% 1.14% 100.00%
votes 1,680 703 139 29 2,551
Lake percent 59.50% 34.10% 5.28% 1.12% 100.00%
votes 4,038 2,314 358 76 6,786
Lawrence percent 62.58% 28.34% 7.89% 1.19% 100.00%
votes 7,411 3,356 934 141 11,842
Lincoln percent 61.43% 32.01% 5.60% 0.96% 100.00%
votes 15,499 8,076 1,413 243 25,231
Lyman percent 68.75% 25.97% 3.94% 1.34% 100.00%
votes 977 369 56 19 1,421
Marshall percent 54.24% 38.73% 6.01% 1.03% 100.00%
votes 1,056 754 117 20 1,947
McCook percent 69.35% 24.08% 5.03% 1.55% 100.00%
votes 1,794 623 130 40 2,587
McPherson percent 78.45% 16.89% 3.78% 0.88% 100.00%
votes 892 192 43 10 1,137
Meade percent 72.64% 19.13% 7.16% 1.08% 100.00%
votes 8,441 2,223 832 125 11,621
Mellette percent 58.86% 34.85% 4.69% 1.61% 100.00%
votes 402 238 32 11 683
Miner percent 66.35% 26.41% 6.30% 0.94% 100.00%
votes 706 281 67 10 1,064
Minnehaha percent 53.72% 39.11% 6.07% 1.10% 100.00%
votes 42,043 30,610 4,753 857 78,263
Moody percent 59.01% 35.56% 4.47% 0.96% 100.00%
votes 1,729 1,042 131 28 2,930
Oglala Lakota percent 8.32% 86.46% 3.59% 1.62% 100.00%
votes 241 2,504 104 47 2,896
Pennington percent 62.43% 29.48% 6.99% 1.10% 100.00%
votes 29,804 14,074 3,338 525 47,741
Perkins percent 83.00% 11.71% 4.36% 0.93% 100.00%
votes 1,333 188 70 15 1,606
Potter percent 80.07% 16.10% 3.00% 0.82% 100.00%
votes 1,069 215 40 11 1,335
Roberts percent 55.12% 39.60% 4.22% 1.06% 100.00%
votes 2,142 1,539 164 41 3,886
Sanborn percent 72.93% 21.46% 4.54% 1.07% 100.00%
votes 819 241 51 12 1,123
Spink percent 62.83% 31.14% 4.85% 1.19% 100.00%
votes 1,854 919 143 35 2,951
Stanley percent 73.26% 21.00% 4.91% 0.83% 100.00%
votes 1,148 329 77 13 1,567
Sully percent 78.86% 15.91% 4.65% 0.58% 100.00%
votes 679 137 40 5 861
Todd percent 22.92% 70.82% 4.52% 1.74% 100.00%
votes 487 1,505 96 37 2,125
Tripp percent 78.67% 17.57% 3.19% 0.57% 100.00%
votes 2,069 462 84 15 2,630
Turner percent 70.77% 23.16% 5.20% 0.87% 100.00%
votes 2,937 961 216 36 4,150
Union percent 66.98% 28.21% 3.95% 0.86% 100.00%
votes 5,288 2,227 312 68 7,895
Walworth percent 76.54% 18.45% 3.19% 1.82% 100.00%
votes 1,896 457 79 45 2,477
Yankton percent 58.80% 34.33% 5.73% 1.14% 100.00%
votes 5,654 3,301 551 110 9,616
Ziebach percent 48.04% 45.95% 3.66% 2.35% 100.00%
votes 368 352 28 18 766
Total percent 61.53% 31.74% 5.63% 1.10% 100.00%
votes 227,701 117,442 20,845 4,059 370,047

Analysis[edit]

South Dakota gave Republican nominee Donald Trump a more than 29-point margin of victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, thus gaining him three electoral votes.[10] The Mount Rushmore state's politics are driven by agrarian conservatism, with the eastern portion of the state being largely rural and considered an extension of the Corn Belt. The western portion of the state is even more conservative.[11] South Dakota, like many neighboring majority-white Great Plains and prairie states in the Farm Belt, has not voted for a Democratic candidate since the landslide election of Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Donald Trump carried most of the state's counties, including Stanley County where the capital city of Pierre is located, Pennington County which contains Rapid City, Minnehaha County which contains Sioux Falls, Brown County which contains Aberdeen, and Codington County which contains Watertown. Clinton won only five counties statewide: Todd, Buffalo, Dewey, and Oglala Lakota, all of which are majority Native American, and Clay County which contains the University of South Dakota.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/south-dakota
  2. ^ "Our final map has Clinton winning with 352 electoral votes. Compare your picks with ours". Los Angeles Times. 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Road to 270: CNN's general election map - CNNPolitics.com". Cnn.com. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2016 President". Centerforpolitics.org. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  5. ^ Todd, Chuck. "NBC's Final Battleground Map Shows Clinton With a Significant Lead". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  6. ^ "2016 Election Maps - Battle for White House". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  7. ^ "Electoral Scorecard: Map shifts again in Trump's favor, as Clinton holds edge". Fox News. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  8. ^ "The Final 15: The Latest Polls in the Swing States That Will Decide the Election". Abcnews.go.com. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  9. ^ Unofficial Results General Election - November 8, 2016 South Dakota Secretary of State. Last Updated: 11/9/2016.
  10. ^ "South Dakota Election Results 2016". Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  11. ^ Cohen, Micah. "In South Dakota, Only the Farm Trumps Conservatism". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  12. ^ "2016 election results: South Dakota". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 

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