South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

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South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

District historyCandidates

November 6 Election Winner:
Kristi Noem Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kristi Noem Republican Party
Kristi Noem.jpg

South Dakota U.S. House Elections
At-Large District

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in South Dakota took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

Incumbent Kristi Noem won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 27, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: South Dakota has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. South Dakota also scheduled a June 26, 2012 primary runoff.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 21, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 22, 2012.[2]

See also: South Dakota elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Kristi Noem (R), who was first elected in 2010.

South Dakota had a single At-Large Congressional District, which is made up of the entire state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the one Congressional seat from South Dakota.

Members of the U.S. House from South Dakota -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Matt Varilek
Republican Party Kristi NoemGreen check mark transparent.png

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Candidate Stephanie Strong did not acquire enough signatures to get on the ballot. She submitted 2,018 signatures but Secretary of State Jason Gant ruled that 100 signatures were invalid, which left Strong below the required 1,955.[6]

Election results

General Election

In 2012, Noem was re-elected to the U.S. Congress, representing South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District.[7]

U.S. House, South Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem 57.4% 207,640
     Democratic Matt Varilek Incumbent 42.6% 153,789
Total Votes 361,429
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are the candidate's reports.

Matt Varilek

Matt Varilek Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 13, 2012$102,373.52$168,136.49$(35,848.63)$234,661.38
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2012$240,683.21$151,734.79$(100,502.40)$291,915.60
Running totals

Kristi Noem

Kristi Noem Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$969,340.73$355,690.96$(138,528.67)$1,186,503.02
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$1,235,270.54$318,996.36$(104,664.48)$1,449,602.42
Running totals

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District had a PVI of R+9, which was the 127th most Republican "district" in the country. In 2008, this state was won by John McCain (R), 54-46 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the state 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The state of South Dakota's at-large Congressional district.


On November 2, 2010, Kristi Noem (R) won election to the United States House. She defeated Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) and B. Thomas Marking (I) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, South Dakota General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem 48.1% 153,703
     Democratic Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 45.9% 146,589
     Independent B. Thomas Marking 6% 19,134
Total Votes 319,426

See also

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