South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

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South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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South Dakota State Senate2012 South Dakota House Elections
Elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate were held in South Dakota on November 6, 2012. A total of 35 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 27, 2011. The primary Election Day was June 5, 2012. The primary runoff took place on June 26, 2012.

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the South Dakota State Senate:

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


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in South Dakota in past years and the cumulative amount of dollars raised in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 65 $1,090,800
2008 92 $2,196,661
2006 89 $1,811,174
2004 78 $859,976
2002 63 $429,255

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $1,090,800 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
South Dakota Senate Republicans Campaign Cmte $36,500
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association $19,750
Warner PAC $16,000
South Dakota Education Association $15,750
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $15,750
South Dakota Republican Party $15,422
South Dakota Association of Realtors $14,700
South Dakota Retailers Association $13,850
Codington County Republican Central Cmte $11,500
South Dakota Corn Growers Association $11,250

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the South Dakota Senate, a candidate must be:[3]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A two-year resident of South Dakota at the filing deadline time
  • May not have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime; may not have illegally taken "public moneys"
  • A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* Reside in South Dakota
* At least 18 years old old on or before the next election
* Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
* Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law

Incumbents retiring

A total of eight incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Bob Gray Ends.png Republican Senate District 24
Eldon Nygaard Ends.png Republican Senate District 17
Elizabeth Kraus Ends.png Republican Senate District 33
J.E. Putnam Ends.png Republican Senate District 19
Jeffrey Haverly Ends.png Republican Senate District 35
Jim Hundstad Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 2
Joni Cutler Ends.png Republican Senate District 14
Tom Hansen Ends.png Republican Senate District 22

Term limits

Bob Gray was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The South Dakota State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since South Dakota voters approved Ballot Issue A in 1992, an initiated constitutional amendment. This amendment became part of Section 6 of Article III of the South Dakota Constitution and limits the amount of time that a South Dakota State Senator can stay in office to no more than four consecutive 2-year terms.

The South Dakota State Legislature has tried on more than one occasion, each time unsuccessfully, to persuade the state's voters to repeal term limits. The most recent such failed attempt was when Amendment J lost in 2008 by 75-25%.

Altogether, there are 35 South Dakota State Senators. In 2012, 3 of them who were current members, or 8.6% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again. Of them, 1 was a Democratic state senator and 2 were Republican state senators.

In addition to the 3 state senators who left office because of term limits, 7 state representatives were also termed-out.

The 3 current members of the state senate who were ineligible to run in November were:

Democrats (1):


Republicans (2):

Game-changers

See also: Ballotpedia: "Game-changers" in the 2012 state legislative elections
  • District 3 incumbent Al Novstrup (R) will face H. Paul Dennert (D), currently a member of the State House. Dennert purchased a condominium in District 3 so that he would be eligible to run in a District that represented Aberdeen. Redistricting moved his home into District 1.[4]
  • District 4 incumbent Tim Begalka will face current Speaker of the House Valentine Rausch in the Republican primary.
  • George Ferebee is challenging incumbent Bruce Rampelberg in District 30 in a rematch from 2010. Just as in 2010, there are no Democrats on the ticket for District 30, meaning that the winner of the primary will get the seat.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in South Dakota

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed new legislative maps in special session on October 24, 2011; Republican governor Dennis Daugaard signed them the next day. With a 30-5 majority in the Senate and 50-19 with one vacancy in the House as of August 2012, redistricting looks to keep the Republicans' lead intact; Rep. Susan Wismer (D) charged that gerrymandering led to these majorities in the past and in the current cycle.[5]

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason Frerichs: 7,367 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Note: Incumbent Jim Hundstad (D) is retiring due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chuck Welke: 5,441 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Art Fryslie: 5,140

District 3

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Al Novstrup Approveda Incumbent Novstrup assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party H. Paul Dennert: 4,815
Republican Party Al Novstrup: 5,553 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steven Street: 4,227
Republican Party Tim Begalka: 6,603 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Ried Holien Approveda Incumbent Holien assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff Dunn: 3,846
Republican Party Ried Holien: 5,900 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:

Note: Dick Gors was replaced by Richard Schriever on the general election ballot.

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Schriever: 3,176
Republican Party Ernie Otten Jr.: 6,011 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pamela Merchant: 3,788
Republican Party Larry Tidemann: 4,362 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charles Johnson: 4,089
Republican Party Russell Olson: 7,072 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:

Note: Baker does not appear on the general election ballot.

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Deb Peters: 5,939 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul A. Thompson: 3,705
Republican Party Shantel Krebs: 5,807 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

Note:*Todd Schlekeway had originally filed to run for re-election, but withdrew after the primary.[6]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Cool: 4,488
Republican Party David Omdahl: 5,888 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kent Alberty: 4,588
Republican Party Mark Johnston: 5,902 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sam Khoroosi: 4,395
Republican Party Phyllis M. Heineman: 6,623 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Note: Incumbent Joni Cutler (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Note: Travis Dahle withdrew from the race.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian Kaatz: 5,008
Republican Party Deb Soholt: 6,251 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Angie Buhl Approveda Incumbent Buhl assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Angie Buhl: 2,973 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Kathy Miles: 2,455

District 16

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Note: Holbeck withdrew from the race and was replace by Mike O'Connor.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael O'Connor: 4,395
Republican Party Dan Lederman: 6,604 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Note: Incumbent Eldon Nygaard (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Jones: 4,754 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John S. Chicoine: 4,311

District 18

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David L. Allen: 3,382
Republican Party Jean M. Hunhoff: 6,317 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Note: Incumbent J.E. Putnam (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Frank J. Kloucek: 4,677
Republican Party Bill Van Gerpen: 7,024 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Quinten L. Burg: 4,323
Republican Party Mike Vehle: 5,734 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Billie H. Sutton: 5,723 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John S. Meyer: 3,902

District 22

Note: Incumbent Tom Hansen (R) is retiring due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chris Studer: 4,354
Republican Party Jim White: 5,196 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Corey Brown Approveda Incumbent Brown assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Corey Brown: 8,029 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Note: Incumbent Bob Gray (R) is retiring due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
Note: According to election night results, Monroe led by only 36 votes. Perry requested a recount. The recount took place on Monday, June 25, confirming that Monroe was victorious.[7][8]

November 6 General election candidates:

Note: George D. Dummann withdrew prior to the general election.
Republican Party Jeff Monroe: 7,730 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dan Ahlers: 5,359
Republican Party Tim Rave: 5,629 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Kent Juhnke Approveda Incumbent Juhnke first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry J. Lucas: 4,405 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kent Juhnke: 3,909

District 27

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Bradford: 4,592 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ryan M. Maher: 6,601 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Larry Rhoden: 6,879 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bruce Rampelberg: 8,686 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bob Ewing: 7,870 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Stan Adelstein: 6,409 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Note: Incumbent Elizabeth Kraus (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Phil Jensen: 5,722 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Matt McGrath: 4,245

District 34

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Craig Tieszen: 8,283 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Note: Incumbent Jeffrey Haverly (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mark Kirkeby: 5,382 Green check mark transparent.png

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