Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: South Dakota State Legislature

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October 31, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

South Dakota's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
35 21 (60.0%) 70 34 (48.6%)

PIERRE, South Dakota: There are 105 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in South Dakota, where polling places are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Any voter at the polling place prior to 7:00 pm is allowed to cast a ballot. South Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Republicans have a commanding 30-5 advantage in the Senate, as well as the House where they hold 50 of the 70 seats.

Of the 105 incumbents up for election in 2012, 71 (67.6%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 55 of 105 (52.4%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • District 2: Incumbent Jim Hundstad (D) is retiring due to term limits. Senator Art Fryslie (R) will try to win the seat for Republicans, while Chuck Welke will attempt to keep it for Democrats.


South Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 7
     Republican Party 30 28
Total 35 35

South Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 17
     Republican Party 50 53
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 70 70


See also

South Dakota