Kevin Woster files an early report in preparation for the Adelstein announcement.
As stated in the Rapid City Journal:
Read it all here. Why am I sensing a pattern here that Stan is pointing the finger at anyone but himself over the loss? The race was run in two distinctly different styles - Elli put a solid group of volunteers on the ground while Stan bought ads. A lot of them.
Adelstein, who has been courted by Democrats since he lost the June 6 primary, plans to end speculation about his immediate political future during a 2 p.m. news conference at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Adelstein seemed in interviews Wednesday and Thursday to be leaning away from a party switch, but he also mused aloud about how he would handle a general-election campaign against his GOP nemesis.and...
The overriding issue in the Adelstein-Schwiesow race was HB1215, a controversial near-total ban on abortions easily approved by the state Legislature this year. Adlestein voted against the bill, which Schwiesow strongly supports. Funded in part by Adelstein, opponents referred HB1215 to a public vote in November.
Adelstein made a philosophical split over that bill and related social issues with more conservative members of the Republican caucus in the state Legislature. That showed up in this year’s primary campaign, when Sens. Bill Napoli, R-Rapid City, and, Jerry Apa, R-Lead, spoke out against Adelstein. And Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, actually came across the state to Rapid City to campaign for Schwiesow.
“Stan would disagree with this, but he became a one-issue candidate over that bill in 2004,” Schoenbeck said. “Stan was in the House then, and he came over to the Senate to testify against the bill. I don’t ever remember Stan being a pro-abortion person before that.”
Adelstein angrily rejects claims that he supports abortion or is focused on one issue, citing education funding, American Indian issues and business development as priorities. He maintains that he would have voted for the abortion ban if it had included exceptions for rape and incest victims and to preserve the health of the pregnant woman. HB 1215 and its predecessor in 2004 would allow abortions only when need to save the woman’s life.
Data from tracking polls during the campaign indicated he would win the race and matched up with the vote totals from the first couple of precincts, Adelstein said. Then the vote count diverged sharply from what the tracking polls led him to expect.
“I had polling data that showed me comfortably ahead. I never dreamed she would do what in my mind are quite frankly outrageous things in the way of voter recruitment,” he said.
Asked for specifics, Adelstein said: “We’re carefully researching that.”
Schwiesow denies any improprieties by her campaign and gives credit for her victory to her solid stand on issues, a team of dedicated volunteers and an effective effort to identify supporters and get them to the polls.
Stan did polls, but so did Elli. And some of the precincts that came in after the first two were precincts that she won in the previous bout.
Whether he runs again or not, this poor-sport, sour grapes attitude is not making him look like the type of person that voters want to elect. They want to elect a leader. Not a person who can't accept the will of the voter.
*The worst part on all of this? I have to take off for Sioux Falls tomorrow about that time. (dang it) If anyone is listening to the announcement, you'll have to call me and let me know what happens.