Here we go again....
The state's 1988 presidential test came just behind the prestigious Iowa caucuses and the traditional first primary in New Hampshire.Read it all here.
Early presidential primaries were held here again in 1992 and 1996.
All were in February.
Then money got in the way. Concerns by state legislators and county commissioners focused on the estimated $400,000 bill for having an early primary season - thinking it was a bit steep and outweighed benefits of the early process.
Decisions on whom voters wanted to run for president were shifted from February back to June, where they were again combined with primaries for other federal, state and local offices.Cost is overstated as an issue, says Krebs.
The state's presidential primary voting is often among the final primary tests in the country.
Now, state Rep. Shantel Krebs, R-Sioux Falls, wants the early presidential primary restored, saying it gives South Dakotans a chance to showcase their strengths and lets would-be presidents get a better understanding of the state.
I've got to scurry off to work, but at noon I'll try to write more on this. I was in the legislature as an intern during the 1988 primary (and actually got to do stuff with Presidential candidates).