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SOUTH DAKOTA

south-dakotaPopulation: 858,469 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 29, 2016.

Primary: June 7, 2016.

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South Dakota (R+10) has a large proportion of North Europeans. As of 2010, it is 88% White and 7% Native American.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 3. South Dakota is a safe GOP state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Mike Rounds. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Rounds. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Mike Rounds (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Banking, Environment, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Rounds

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Businessman and State Senator Mike Rounds (b.1954) served as Governor from 2003 till 2011. He won the seat for the GOP in 2014, with 50%.

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John Thune. (Pic: Congress)

John Thune. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: John Thune (R)
Committees: Commerce (Chair), Agriculture, Finance.

Democratic nomineeJay Williams
Republican nominee: John Thune

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
John Thune (b.1961) had several jobs in the state administration and for local Republicans before winning the At-Large House seat in 1996. He ran for Senate in 2002, but lost. In 2004, he ran again and defeated then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He had no opposition in 2010. The Democrats are running businessman and School Board member Jay Williams.

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Repre­sen­tatives: 1 Republican.

Kristi Noem. (Pic: Congress)

Kristi Noem. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Kristi Noem (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineePaula Hawks
Republican nominee: Kristi Noem

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district covers all of South Dakota. Farmer and State Representative Kristi Noem (b.1971) was first elected in 2010. She took 67% in 2014. This year she is facing State Representative Paula Hawks.

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STATE LEVEL

Dennis Daugaard. (Pic: State of SD)

Dennis Daugaard. (Pic: State of SD)

Governor: Dennis Dau­gaard (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and businessman Dennis Dau­gaard (b.1953) was Lieutenant Governor under Mike Rounds for eight years, before he was elected Governor in 2010. Daugaard took 70% in 2014 and is now term limited.

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Matt Michels. (Pic: State of SD)

Matt Michels. (Pic: State of SD)

Lieutenant Governor: Matt Michels (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Matt Michels

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the party’s gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. Lawyer and State Representative Matt Michels (b.1960) was first elected in 2010.

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Shantel Krebs. (Pic: State of SD)

Shantel Krebs. (Pic: State of SD)

Secretary of State: Shantel Krebs (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeShantel Krebs

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Businesswoman and State Senator Shantel Krebs (b.1973) took 60% in 2014.

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Rich Sattgast. (Pic: State of SD)

Rich Sattgast. (Pic: State of SD)

Treasurer: Rich Satt­gast (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rich Satt­gast

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Rich Satt­gast (b.1965) was first elected in 2010 and won 61% in 2014. Before that, he was State Auditor for eight years.

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Steve Barnett. (Pic: State of SD)

Steve Barnett. (Pic: State of SD)

Auditor: Steve Barnett (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Steve Barnett

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Banker Steve Barnett was first elected in 2010 and took 80% in 2014.

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Marty Jackley. (Pic: State of SD)

Marty Jackley. (Pic: State of SD)

Attorney General: Marty Jackley (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Marty Jackley

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Former lawyer and Federal prosecutor Marty Jackley (b.1970) was appointed to the office in 2009 and won the 2010 election. He got 82% in 2014.

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Ryan Brunner. (Pic: State of SD)

Ryan Brunner. (Pic: State of SD)

Commissioner of School and Public Lands: Ryan Brunner (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ryan Brunner

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Ryan Brunner was previously Assistant School and Public Lands Commissioner and took 76% in his first election in 2014.

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State Senate: 35 (8D / 27R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.
State House: 70 (12D / 58R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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