South Dakota state executive official elections, 2014

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Eight state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of South Dakota. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

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]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in South Dakota:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held eight of the eight state executive seats in South Dakota.

South Dakota State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Republican Party 8 8
     Democratic Party 0 0
Total 8 8
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The only statewide executive office subject to a primary election is Governor. Nominees for the other offices are selected at state party conventions.

Governor

Primary elections

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.
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.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

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.

Attorney General

Attorney General of South Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Jackley Incumbent 82% 208,848
     Libertarian Chad Haber 18% 45,856
Total Votes 254,704
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of South Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShantel Krebs 60.2% 155,647
     Democratic Angelia Schultz 32.6% 84,181
     Constitution Lori Stacey 4% 10,258
     Libertarian Emmett Reistroffer 3.2% 8,328
Total Votes 258,414
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Treasurer

South Dakota Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Sattgast Incumbent 61.2% 155,758
     Democratic Denny Pierson 33.5% 85,202
     Libertarian Ken Santema 5.3% 13,615
Total Votes 254,575
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Auditor

South Dakota Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Barnett Incumbent 79.9% 191,755
     Libertarian Kurt Evans 20.1% 48,103
Total Votes 239,858
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Commissioner of School and Public Lands

South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Brunner 76.5% 174,810
     Libertarian John English 23.5% 53,836
Total Votes 228,646
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Public Services Commissioner

South Dakota Public Service Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Hanson Incumbent 65.7% 167,726
     Democratic David Allen 29.3% 74,824
     Constitution Wayne Schmidt 5% 12,642
Total Votes 255,192
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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
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

State executive organization

Executive officials in South Dakota are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

South Dakota exec org chart.png

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