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'''PIERRE, [[South Dakota]]:''' Given recent media attention on [[Kristi Noem|Kristi Noem's]] congressional bid and national anti-incumbent sentiment, it seems that Republicans have an edge in South Dakota's fall election. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 47% of Republicans and 28% of Democrats nationwide are very enthusiastic about the fall election. However, some analysts have predicted that [[:Category:Certified, marijuana, 2010|state cannabis initiatives]] may spur Democratic turnout.<ref name="science">[http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Election-2010/2010/1001/Marijuana-initiatives-could-bring-young-Democrats-to-the-polls ''Christian Science Monitor'', "Marijuana initiatives could bring young Democrats to the polls," October 1, 2010]</ref>
 
'''PIERRE, [[South Dakota]]:''' Given recent media attention on [[Kristi Noem|Kristi Noem's]] congressional bid and national anti-incumbent sentiment, it seems that Republicans have an edge in South Dakota's fall election. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 47% of Republicans and 28% of Democrats nationwide are very enthusiastic about the fall election. However, some analysts have predicted that [[:Category:Certified, marijuana, 2010|state cannabis initiatives]] may spur Democratic turnout.<ref name="science">[http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Election-2010/2010/1001/Marijuana-initiatives-could-bring-young-Democrats-to-the-polls ''Christian Science Monitor'', "Marijuana initiatives could bring young Democrats to the polls," October 1, 2010]</ref>
  
The November 2 general election features marijuana-related measures in [[Arizona Medical Marijuana Question, Proposition 203, 2010|Arizona]], [[Oregon Regulated Medical Marijuana Supply System Act, Measure 74 (2010)|Oregon]], [[California Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2010)|California]], and [[South Dakota Medical Marijuana Act, Initiated Measure 13 (2010)|South Dakota]]. Since these measures are supported more heavily by young, Democratic voters, analysts predict a boost in turnout for this group--a boon to struggling Democratic candidates.<ref name="science"/>
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The November 2 general election features marijuana-related measures in [[Arizona Medical Marijuana Question, Proposition 203 (2010)|Arizona]], [[Oregon Regulated Medical Marijuana Supply System Act, Measure 74 (2010)|Oregon]], [[California Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2010)|California]], and [[South Dakota Medical Marijuana Act, Initiated Measure 13 (2010)|South Dakota]]. Since these measures are supported more heavily by young, Democratic voters, analysts predict a boost in turnout for this group--a boon to struggling Democratic candidates.<ref name="science"/>
  
 
Ballotpedia research suggests that South Dakota already has a moderately competitive election environment.  Ballotpedia's recent [[2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index | competitiveness analysis]] ranked South Dakota as the 18th most competitive state overall.  In the 70 state house seats up for election, only 7 incumbents faced no primary or general election challenge. In the 35 state senate seats up for election, 7 incumbents also faced no primary or general election challenge. South Dakota's term limits also play a role in increasing competition by removing incumbents and creating more open seats. 8 state representatives and 4 state senators are ineligible to run for re-election in 2010. South Dakota ranks eighth in its number of open seats.  
 
Ballotpedia research suggests that South Dakota already has a moderately competitive election environment.  Ballotpedia's recent [[2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index | competitiveness analysis]] ranked South Dakota as the 18th most competitive state overall.  In the 70 state house seats up for election, only 7 incumbents faced no primary or general election challenge. In the 35 state senate seats up for election, 7 incumbents also faced no primary or general election challenge. South Dakota's term limits also play a role in increasing competition by removing incumbents and creating more open seats. 8 state representatives and 4 state senators are ineligible to run for re-election in 2010. South Dakota ranks eighth in its number of open seats.  

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October 14, 2010

PIERRE, South Dakota: Given recent media attention on Kristi Noem's congressional bid and national anti-incumbent sentiment, it seems that Republicans have an edge in South Dakota's fall election. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 47% of Republicans and 28% of Democrats nationwide are very enthusiastic about the fall election. However, some analysts have predicted that state cannabis initiatives may spur Democratic turnout.[1]

The November 2 general election features marijuana-related measures in Arizona, Oregon, California, and South Dakota. Since these measures are supported more heavily by young, Democratic voters, analysts predict a boost in turnout for this group--a boon to struggling Democratic candidates.[1]

Ballotpedia research suggests that South Dakota already has a moderately competitive election environment. Ballotpedia's recent competitiveness analysis ranked South Dakota as the 18th most competitive state overall. In the 70 state house seats up for election, only 7 incumbents faced no primary or general election challenge. In the 35 state senate seats up for election, 7 incumbents also faced no primary or general election challenge. South Dakota's term limits also play a role in increasing competition by removing incumbents and creating more open seats. 8 state representatives and 4 state senators are ineligible to run for re-election in 2010. South Dakota ranks eighth in its number of open seats.

Despite South Dakota's moderate number of challengers and high number of open seats, an increase in Democratic turnout is unlikely to shift control of the state legislature. Heading into the November 2 general election, Republicans are the majority in the House of Representatives and State Senate.


State House of Representatives

Party As of September 2014
     Democratic Party 17
     Republican Party 53
Total 70


State Senate

Party As of September 2014
     Democratic Party 7
     Republican Party 28
Total 35


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