Dems Pick up 5 seats. The scales are rebalanced at 20-15

Jerstad knocked off Earley in a squeaker of a race.

     DIST 12 STATE SENATE
(R) EARLEY WILLIAM 5155 50 13 13
(D) JERSTAD SANDY 5173 50 13 13

     DIST 28 STATE SENATE
(R) KLAUDT TED 3262 46 66 66
(D) MAHER RYAN 3827 54 66 66

     DIST 27 STATE SENATE
(R) HANRAHAN CRAIG 2520 46 32 32
(D) TWO BULLS THERESA 2923 54 32 32

District 28 is a major upset. Most (including myself) didn't believe a Democrat could win in that district.

Comments

Anonymous said…
and with 2 mainstream coalition repubs..isn't it really 18-15-2
Anonymous said…
Maher is well known and LIKED and Klaudt is Klaudt. Not a surprise, it's been said here time after time. Koolaid clouds your vision, PP. Hum, let's talk about what the GOP gave up by running right...
Anonymous said…
Ryan Maher is not that well known out west - just his last name. That Senate District has not had a Democrat in Pierre since Eldon Jensen defeated the last one in 1976....
Mimi said…
If the GOP doesn't want moderates, then the moderates will vote Dem..On a state and national level, it appears that moderates did well.
Anonymous said…
Hey, War College
Since the mainstream papers websites aren't giving the numbers, thanks for the update on the split; what's the House split
Anonymous said…
On a national level, I'd say Democrats did well, not moderates. Lincoln Chafee had 62% approval in exit polls - people thought he was doing a good job and still didn't vote for him. Not voting for Bush, voting against the war, and voting against tax cuts wasn't "moderate" enough to get re-elected.
Anonymous said…
Ryan Maher worked hard. The east side of the district is solid Democrat too. If Dewey County would have had more than 44% turnout it would have really been a beating for Ted.
Anonymous said…
Actually... Dave K., Tom D., and Ed O. are all mainstreamers...

18-17 in the seante, and GOOD BYE social agenda!
Anonymous said…
It's a great day for South Dakota. Maybe during the next legislative session, they'll stay out of our bedrooms and get back to classrooms and economic issues that will work toward finding better ways to keep our high school graduates
Anonymous said…
The voters were successful in getting rid of a few Schoenbeck puppets. A couple more to go and the housekeeping will be complete and the state will have it's legislature back.
PP said…
20-50 I think...
Anonymous said…
Oh by the way, History has just repeated itself today. 30 years later the Dems. are back in Dist. 28. I guess Jensen will have to run again. But first he will need some water to help get down that crow he is eating today.
Anonymous said…
Despite what others are saying, I really believe Arnold lost to the Wicked Witch of the East because he tried to be too centrist. His ads kept talking about "inclusiveness", and never once mentioned that he was pro-life and that his opponent was extremely the other way. Watertown has a lot of staunch Catholics and pro-lifers, and he should have played to them ,too. They elected Faehn and Koistinen handily over the 2 dems. He even dodged the issue on radio when asked , simply saying that he and his opponent had "different views, let her (Turbak) explain them". Wimp!
Anonymous said…
Isn't mcCracken a "mainstreamer,too. That makes 4 of them, so the GOP is down 16-19 if you look at it that way. Of course, some Dems like Kloucek, Peterson,Bartling , and Sutton are pro-life,so who knows what will happen.
Anonymous said…
Ryan Maher is also VERY pro-life and is more conservative than many Republicans on most issues. Not only that, but he switched parties to run so the rez and his Democratic family would vote for him. Add the fact that he is a very likable young man and it was just too much for Klaudt to overcome because he didn't have the Democrat votes, which is mostly what District 28A consists of. As a voter in Klaudt's district, I'm sad to lose a man with his brains, his vision, and his memory. Just don't plan on Maher following any liberal marching orders or you will be disappointed.

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