South Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010

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The South Dakota Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Following state conventions held by both major political parties in the last weekend of June, state senators Ben Nesselhuf (Democrat) and Jason Gant (Republican) received the endorsement from their respective parties. Gant and Nesselhul were joined in the general election by Constitution Party candidate Lori Stacey as the three competed for the seat vacated by incumbent Republican Chris Nelson.

Gant defeated Nesselhuf and Stacey, capturing 54.4% of the vote.


State term limit laws prevented incumbent Chris Nelson from running for a third term in office. He was a candidate for South Dakota's at-large seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2010, but fell to Kristi Noem in the Republican primary election.[1]

Race tracking

Ballotpedia considered South Dakota's Secretary of State race to be a toss-up.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for South Dakota Secretary of State
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General election


South Dakota Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Gant 54.2% 163,828
     Democratic Ben Nesselhuf 39.2% 118,635
     Constitution Lori Stacey 6.6% 19,971
Total Votes 302,434
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State


According to Follow the Money, the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates is as follows:

South Dakota Secretary of State Campaign Finance
Candidate Total Contributions
Jason Gant[2] $261,205
Ben Nesselhuf[3] $192,449
Lori Stacey[4] $34


Ben Nesselhuf


See also: Polls, 2010 Secretaries of State

McGovern Center Poll

McGovern Center Poll - September 20 - October 6, 2010[8]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Jason Gant (R) 35%
Ben Nesselhuf (D) 23%
Lori Stacey (CP) 2%
Undecided 38%
Total voters 393


Secretary of State Project

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Nesselhuf has received both the endorsement and financial assistance of the Secretary of State Project (SOS Project), a below-the-radar 527 political organization whose purpose is to "wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party" through the process of "removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count," namely the office of Secretary of State in many cases.[9][10] The SOS Project receives its funding from the George Soros-backed Democracy Alliance.[11]

Partisan conventions

South Dakota does not use primary elections to choose candidates for the statewide offices, like secretary of state. Instead, candidates are nominated through a political party convention or an independent petition. Both candidates in the 2010 election were nominated at party conventions.

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State Senator Ben Nesselhuf[12] received the endorsement of the South Dakota Democratic Party.[13]

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State Senator Jason Gant[14] received the endorsement of the South Dakota Republican Party.[15] over Deputy Secretary of State Teresa Bray and State Representative Thomas Deadrick.[16]

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