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Incumbent Governor Daugaard overcomes challenge from the right: South Dakota state executive primary elections review

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June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014 Election Review

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*South Dakota Governor

By Garrett Fortin
Pierre, South Dakota: The 2014 South Dakota primary elections were held on June 3, 2014. The state held primaries for one statewide executive office: Governor. There were two contested primaries with two candidates each, making for a quiet night on the state executive front. Candidates for the other statewide executive offices will be selected at party conventions in late June.

South Dakota Governor
See also: South Dakota Gubernatorial election, 2014

Incumbent Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard overcame a single primary challenger, former state representative Lora Hubbel, who had challenged Daugaard from the right on issues such as Common Core and the Affordable Care Act.[1]

He will face state representative Susan Wismer in the general election, as she defeated Joe Lowe, former director of the state Wildland Fire Suppression Division. An Independent candidate, retired professor and hospital executive Mike Myers, rounds out the gubernatorial field.

Primary Election Results
  • Republican primary
South Dakota Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Daugaard Incumbent 80.9% 60,017
Lora Hubbel 19.1% 14,196
Total Votes 74,213
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

  • Democratic primary
South Dakota Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Wismer 55.5% 15,311
Joe Lowe 44.5% 12,283
Total Votes 27,594
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

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