South Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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South Dakota Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winners:
Dennis Daugaard Republican Party
Matthew Michels Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dennis Daugaard Republican Party
Matthew Michels Republican Party
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The South Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) and Lieutenant Governor Matthew Michels (R) were running for re-election. Daugaard and Michels were first elected in 2010. The Republican ticket faced the Democratic ticket of Susan Wismer and Susan Blake and the independent ticket of Mike Myers and Lora Hubbel in the general election. Daugaard and Michels won election to four-year terms in office.

South Dakota is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.[1]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Dennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels - IncumbentsGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Susan Wismer/Susan Blake[2]
Independent Mike Myers/Lora Hubbel[3][2]

Withdrawn

Independent Caitlin Collier - former lieutenant gubernatorial running mate of Mike Myers[4][5][6]

Lost in gubernatorial primary

Republican Party Lora Hubbel - Former state representative[7]
Democratic Party Joe Lowe - Former director of the state Wildland Fire Suppression Division[8]

Failed to qualify

Constitution Party Curtis Strong[9][2]

Results

General election

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels Incumbent 70.5% 195,477
     Democratic Susan Wismer/Susan Blake 25.4% 70,549
     Indpendent Mike Myers/Lora Hubbel 4.1% 11,377
Total Votes 277,403
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Primary election

Note: The candidates for lieutenant governor were nominated at state party conventions.

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.

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.


Polls

General election

Governor of South Dakota, Daugaard vs. Wismer
Poll Dennis Daugaard (R) Susan Wismer (D)Don't Know/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 6-10, 2014
56%23%21%+/-4.4504
Rasmussen Reports
June 4-5, 2014
55%35%10%+/-4750
YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
66%27%7%+/-0630
YouGov
August 18-September 2, 2014
55%28%17%+/-6526
SurveyUSA
September 3-7, 2014
54%34%12%+/-4.4510
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
54%28%18%+/-8527
AVERAGES 56.67% 29.17% 14.17% +/-4.47 574.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hypothetical match-ups

Governor of South Dakota, Daugaard vs. Lowe
Poll Dennis Daugaard (R) Joe Lowe (D)Don't Know/NAMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
February 25-26, 2014
63%23%14%+/-4.5500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Past elections

2010

Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels 61.5% 195,024
     Democratic Scott Heidepriem/Ben Arndt 38.5% 122,010
Total Votes 317,034

2006

On November 7, 2006, Mike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard won re-election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota. They defeated Jack Billion/Eric Abrahamson, Steven J. Willis/Larry Johnsen and Tom Gerber/Bette Rose Ryan in the general election.

Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard Incumbent 61.7% 206,990
     Democratic Jack Billion/Eric Abrahamson 36.1% 121,226
     Constitution Steven J. Willis/Larry Johnsen 1.2% 4,010
     Libertarian Tom Gerber/Bette Rose Ryan 1% 3,282
Total Votes 335,508
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State

2002

On November 5, 2002, Mike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard won election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota. They defeated Jim Abbott/Mike Wilson, James P. Carlson/Ron Bosch and Nathan A. Barton/Eric Risty in the general election.

Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard 56.8% 189,920
     Democratic Jim Abbott/Mike Wilson 41.9% 140,263
     Independent James P. Carlson/Ron Bosch 0.7% 2,393
     Libertarian Nathan A. Barton/Eric Risty 0.6% 1,983
Total Votes 334,559
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 82,596,338 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 36.4 percent of the VEP.[10] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[11]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[12]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Indiana (28 percent), Texas (28.5 percent) and Utah (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent) and Alaska (55.3 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[13]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes for top office  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,200,000 33.5 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 290,000 55.3 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,550,000 34.4 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 875,000 41.2 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,750,000 31.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,025,000 53.0 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,089,880 42.3 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney general 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 150,000 30.3 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 5,951,561 42.7 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,575,000 38.2 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 366,125 36.2 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 440,000 39.1 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,550,000 39.5 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,350,000 28.0 Secretary of state 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,150,000 50.6 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 875,000 42.8 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,440,000 44.2 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 625,000 59.3 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,750,000 41.9 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,150,000 43.9 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,151,835 42.7 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 2,025,000 51.3 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 650,000 29.7 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,450,000 32.3 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 365,000 46.1 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 550,000 41.3 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 600,000 31.8 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 500,000 48.8 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,825,000 30.4 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 550,000 38.3 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,900,000 28.8 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,900,000 40.7 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 248,670 43.8 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,150,000 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 825,000 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,500,000 52 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,500,000 36.1 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 325,000 41.7 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,246,301 34.8 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 279,412 44.5 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,400,000 29.1 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,750,000 28.5 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 550,000 28.8 Attorney general 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,200,000 36.7 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,050,000 41.6 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 460,000 31.8 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,425,000 56.9 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 38.7 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 82,596,338 36.4

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on November 19, 2014. The results in this table draw from unofficial results as of November 12, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 25, 2014 Filing deadline for political party candidates
April 29, 2014 Filing deadline for independent candidates
June 3, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 11, 2014 Canvass of election results
January 10, 2015 Inauguration day for state executives elected in November

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