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South Dakota 2010 legislative election results

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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South Dakota State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the South Dakota State Senate. For results in individual contests see our South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

South Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 14 5
     Republican Party 21 30
Total 35 35

What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 22 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 4 incumbents lost, and thus 18 incumbents were re-elected to the South Dakota State Senate.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 4 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 17 new senators sworn-in. Of those 18, 3 are Democrats and 14 are Republicans
  • Of the 35 seats up for election, 5 were won by Democrats and 30 by Republicans.
  • 13 candidates were unopposed, 3 Democrats and 10 Republicans.
  • Only 4 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In South Dakota, 13 incumbent senators did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 22 incumbents (62.9%) ran for re-election. Of these 22 incumbents, 4 were defeated. All 4 were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

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Dan Ahlers, first elected to the state senate in 2008, was defeated in 2010.

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Dan Ahlers
Nancy Turbak BerryDemocraticSouth Dakota State Senate District 5
Pam MerchantDemocraticSouth Dakota State Senate District 7
Sandy JerstadDemocraticSouth Dakota State Senate District 12

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Larry Tidemann
Mark Johnston
Ried Holien
Timothy Rave

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In South Dakota, 17 new senators will be sworn-in. Of those 17, 3 are Democrats and 14 are Republicans. In total, South Dakota elected 35 senators, 30 Republicans and 5 Democrats.

Newly elected senators

The following are the newly-elected members of the South Dakota State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the South Dakota State Senate:

Democratic

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Jeffrey Haverly was first elected to the senate in 2008. He was re-elected in 2010.

Republican

Competitiveness

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Russell Olson was one of 10 unopposed Republican senate candidates in 2010
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Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's nonpartisan unicameral legislature. In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In South Dakota, 13 (37.1%) candidates were unopposed, 3 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In South Dakota, 4 (6.6%) of the 61 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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South Dakota State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the South Dakota House of Representatives. For results in individual contests, see our South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

South Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 24 19
     Republican Party 46 50
     Independent 1
Total 70 70


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State House Overview:

  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 5 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 27 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 27, 4 are Democrats, 22 are Republicans and 1 is an Independent.
  • Of the 70 seats up for election, 19 were won by Democrats, 50 by Republicans, and 1 by an Independent.
  • 20 candidates were unopposed, 9 Democrats and 11 Republicans.
  • Only 9 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In South Dakota, 48 (68.6%) incumbents ran for re-election. Of these 48, 5 incumbent representatives were defeated. Since the South Dakota House of Representatives is composed of multi-member districts it, is possible for two challengers to defeat an incumbent. For this reason, 7 challengers were able to defeat 5 incumbents. All 5 incumbents were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Darrell Solberg
Gerald LangeDemocraticSouth Dakota House District 8
Martha VanderlindeDemocraticSouth Dakota House District 15
Oran Sorenson
Quinten BurgDemocraticSouth Dakota House District 22

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Frank Kloucek
Jenna Haggar
Jim White, South Dakota
Jon Hansen
Lora Hubbel
Mark Willadsen
Patricia Stricherz
Stace Nelson

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In South Dakota, 27 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 26, 4 are Democrats, 22 are Republicans and 1 is Independent. In total, South Dakota elected 70 representatives, 50 Republicans, 19 Democrats, and 1 independent.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the South Dakota House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

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Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives:

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Republican

Other


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Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In South Dakota, 19 (27.1%) candidates were unopposed, 8 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Ballot Access

In South Dakota, 9 (7.4%) of the 121 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates. One candidate, Jenna Haggar, won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010: