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South Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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The general elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate will take place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

A total of four incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Al Novstrup Ends.png Republican Senate District 03
Tim Begalka Ends.png Republican Senate District 04
Shantel Krebs Ends.png Republican Senate District 10
Tom Jones Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 17
Jean Hunhoff Ends.png Republican Senate District 18
Larry J. Lucas Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 26
Ryan Maher Ends.png Republican Senate District 28
Larry Rhoden Ends.png Republican Senate District 29
Mark Kirkeby Ends.png Republican Senate District 35

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the South Dakota State Senate:

South Dakota State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 7 Pending
     Republican Party 28 Pending
Total 35 35

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 17 (48.6%) of the 35 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of 12 Republicans and 5 Democrat are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 18 (51.4%) of the 35 districts up for election.

Competitive

  • District 2: Incumbent Chuck Welke (D) will face Brock Greenfield (R) in the general election. Welke won the general election by a margin of victory of 3 percent in 2012.
  • District 17: Michelle Maloney (D) will face Arthur Rusch (R) in the general election. Incumbent Tom Jones won the general election by a margin of victory of 5 percent in 2012.
  • District 25: Incumbent Timothy Rave (R) will face Bill Laird (D) in the general election. Rave won the general election by a margin of victory of 2 percent in 2012.

Mildly competitive

  • District 3: Mark Remily defeated Angela Schultz in the Democratic primary. Remily will face David Novstrup (R) in the general election. Incumbent Al Novstrup won the general election by a margin of victory of 7 percent in 2012.
  • District 7: Incumbent Larry Tidemann (R) will face Jay Vanduch (D) in the general election. Tidemann won the general election by a margin of victory of 7 percent in 2012.
  • District 15: Incumbent Angie Buhl (D) is unopposed in the general election. Buhl won the general election by a margin of victory of 10 percent in 2012.
  • District 22: Incumbent Jim White (R) will face Darrell Raschke (D) in the general election. White won the general election by a margin of victory of 9 percent in 2012.
  • District 26: Troy Heinert (D) will face John Koskan (R) in the general election. Incumbent Larry J. Lucas (D) won the general election by a margin of victory of 6 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of two incumbents faced primary competition on June 3. Nine incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 24 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition included:

Retiring incumbents

Nine incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 26 (74.3%) of the current 35 incumbents are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, two Democrats and seven Republican, can be found above.

Qualifications

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To be eligible to serve in the South Dakota Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • 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
* Not have served 4 consecutive terms

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on September 15, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 1

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • Jason Frerichs Approveda - Incumbent Frerichs was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason Frerichs

District 2

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • Chuck Welke Approveda - Incumbent Welke was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chuck Welke
Republican Party Brock Greenfield

District 3

Note: Incumbent Al Novstrup (R) is running for House District 3

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Novstrup
Democratic Party Mark Remily

District 4

Note: Incumbent Tim Begalka (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Peterson

District 5

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Ried Holien Approveda - Incumbent Holien was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ried Holien

Note: Alanna Silvis withdrew before the election.

District 6

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Ernie Otten Approveda - Incumbent Otten was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mel Zelmer
Republican Party Ernie Otten

District 7

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Larry Tidemann Approveda - Incumbent Tidemann was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jay Vanduch
Republican Party Larry Tidemann

District 8

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Chuck Jones Approveda - Incumbent Jones was first appointed to the chamber in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Parsley
Republican Party Chuck Jones

District 9

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Deb Peters Approveda - Incumbent Peters was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Deb Peters

Note: Sheryl Knutson withdrew after the primary.

District 10

Note: Incumbent Shantel Krebs (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Schultz
Republican Party Jenna Haggar

District 11

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • David Omdahl Approveda - Incumbent Omdahl was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Cool
Republican Party David Omdahl

District 12

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • R. Blake Curd Approveda - Incumbent Curd was first appointed to the chamber in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Sanden
Republican Party R. Blake Curd

District 13

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Phyllis Heineman Approveda - Incumbent Heineman was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Phyllis Heineman

Note: Reynold Nesiba withdrew after the primary.

District 14

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Deb Soholt Approveda - Incumbent Soholt was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Deb Soholt

Note: Brian Kaatz withdrew after the primary.

District 15

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Angie Buhl O'Donnell

District 16

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Dan Lederman Approveda - Incumbent Lederman was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ann Tornberg
Republican Party Dan Lederman

District 17

Note: Incumbent Tom Jones (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michelle Maloney
Republican Party Arthur Rusch

District 18

Note: Incumbent Jean Hunhoff (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bernie Hunhoff
Republican Party Matt Stone

District 19

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Bill Van Gerpen Approveda - Incumbent Van Gerpen was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bill Van Gerpen

District 20

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Michael Vehle Approveda - Incumbent Vehle was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michael Vehle

Note: Craig Kelly withdrew after the primary.

District 21

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • Billie Sutton Approveda - Incumbent Sutton was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Billie Sutton

District 22

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Jim White Approveda - Incumbent White was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Darrell Raschke
Republican Party Jim White

District 23

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Corey Brown Approveda - Incumbent Brown was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Corey Brown

District 24

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Jeff Monroe: 2,541 Approveda - Incumbent Monroe was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
  • Tad Perry: 2,294

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ruth Rehn
Republican Party Jeff Monroe

District 25

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Timothy Rave Approveda - Incumbent Rave was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Laird
Republican Party Timothy Rave

District 26

Note: Incumbent Larry J. Lucas (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Troy Heinert
Republican Party John Koskan

District 27

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Bradford Approveda - Incumbent Bradford was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Bradford

District 28

Note: Incumbent Ryan Maher (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Oren Lesmeister
Republican Party Betty Olson

District 29

Note: Incumbent Larry Rhoden (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Gary Cammack

District 30

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Bruce Rampelberg Approveda - Incumbent Rampelberg was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bruce Rampelberg

District 31

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Bob Ewing Approveda - Incumbent Ewing was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bob Ewing

District 32

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Alan Solano Approveda - Incumbent Solano was first appointed to the chamber in 2014.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Alan Solano

District 33

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robin Page
Republican Party Phil Jensen

District 34

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:
  • Craig Tieszen Approveda - Incumbent Tieszen was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Craig Tieszen

District 35

Note: Incumbent Mark Kirkeby (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Terri Haverly

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