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{{Sdsenate2010toc}}Elections for the office of [[South Dakota State Senate|South Dakota's State Senate]] were held in [[South Dakota]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].  
 
{{Sdsenate2010toc}}Elections for the office of [[South Dakota State Senate|South Dakota's State Senate]] were held in [[South Dakota]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].  
  
South Dakota's 35 state senators serve [[Length of terms of state senators|two-year terms]] with [[State legislatures with term limits|term limits]].  All 35 seats are up for election in November.<ref>[http://www.termlimits.org/content.asp?pl=18&sl=19&contentid=19 List of state legislative term limits]</ref> Of the 35 seats up for election, incumbents are running in 22 races. There are 4 incumbents ineligible to run because of term limits.
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South Dakota's 35 state senators serve [[Length of terms of state senators|two-year terms]] with [[State legislatures with term limits|term limits]].  All 35 seats were up for election in November.<ref>[http://www.termlimits.org/content.asp?pl=18&sl=19&contentid=19 List of state legislative term limits]</ref> Of the 35 seats up for election, incumbents ran in 22 races. There are 4 incumbents ineligible to run because of term limits.
  
 
The [[Primary election dates in 2010|signature-filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 30, 2010. The primary election day was June 8, 2010.
 
The [[Primary election dates in 2010|signature-filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 30, 2010. The primary election day was June 8, 2010.
  
 
:: ''See also: [[South Dakota State Senate]]'' and ''[[State legislative elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[South Dakota State Senate]]'' and ''[[State legislative elections, 2010]]''
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==November 2 General Election Results==
 
==November 2 General Election Results==
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'''The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:'''
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{{List of election winners DPL|Chamber= State Senate|State = South Dakota|Year = 2010}}
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==Majority control==
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: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
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Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the [[South Dakota State Senate]]:
 
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The Democratic Party elected six senators in 2010, but Eldon Nygaard (D) joined the Republican Party after the election.
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==Term limits==
 
==Term limits==
  
 
: ''See also: [[State legislatures with term limits]]''
 
: ''See also: [[State legislatures with term limits]]''
  
The [[South Dakota State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate since South Dakota voters approved [[South Dakota Set Term Limits (1992)|Ballot Issue A in 1992]], an {{icafull}}.  This amendment became part of [[Article III, South Dakota Constitution#Section 6|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.
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The [[South Dakota State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate in South Dakota voters approved [[South Dakota Set Term Limits (1992)|Ballot Issue A in 1992]], an {{icafull}}.  This amendment became part of [[Article III, South Dakota Constitution#Section 6|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 [[South Dakota Repeal Term Limits, Constitutional Amendment J (2008)|Amendment J]] lost in 2008 by 75-25%.
 
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 [[South Dakota Repeal Term Limits, Constitutional Amendment J (2008)|Amendment J]] lost in 2008 by 75-25%.
  
Altogether, there are 35 [[South Dakota State Senator]]s.  In 2010, four of them who are [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] are ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  They are:
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Altogether, there are 35 [[South Dakota State Senator]]s.  In 2010, four of them who are [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  They are:
  
 
'''Democrats (1):'''
 
'''Democrats (1):'''
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{{legislative campaign spending chart}}
 
{{legislative campaign spending chart}}
  
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|-
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| align="center" | 2010
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| align="center" | 65
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| align="right" | $1,090,800
 
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|-
 
| align="center" | 2008
 
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| align="right" | $429,255
 
| align="right" | $429,255
 
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In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $1,090,800 in campaign contributions.  The top 10 donors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=SD&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "South Dakota Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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|-
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| South Dakota Senate Republicans Campaign Cmte
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| align="right" | $36,500
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| South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
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| align="right" | $19,750
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| Warner PAC
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| align="right" | $16,000
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|-
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| South Dakota Education Association
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| align="right" | $15,750
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|-
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| South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations
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| align="right" | $15,750
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| South Dakota Republican Party
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| align="right" | $15,422
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|-
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| South Dakota Association of Realtors
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| align="right" | $14,700
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| South Dakota Retailers Association
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| align="right" | $13,850
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|-
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| Codington County Republican Central Cmte
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| align="right" | $11,500
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| South Dakota Corn Growers Association
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| align="right" | $11,250
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|}
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==Incumbency==
 
==Incumbency==
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7 incumbents (31.8%) face no competition in the November 2 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.
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7 incumbents (31.8%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.
  
:* 1 Democratic incumbent faces no November challenger.
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:* 1 Democratic incumbent faced no November challenger.
:* 6 GOP incumbents face no November challenger.
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:* 6 GOP incumbents faced no November challenger.
  
 
===Primary challenges===
 
===Primary challenges===
  
Only 1 incumbent (4.5%) faced competition in the June 8 primary.  Democratic incumbent [[Angie Buhl]], who has represented District 15 since 2008, lost to challenger [[Kathleen Miles]] in the June 8 primary.
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Only 1 incumbent (4.5%) faced competition in the June 8 primary.  Democratic incumbent [[Kathleen Miles]], who was first elected to District 15 in 2009, lost to challenger [[Angie Buhl]] in the June 8 primary.
  
 
===Retiring incumbents===
 
===Retiring incumbents===
  
13 incumbent representatives are not running for re-election, while 22 incumbents (62.8%) are running for re-election.  Of the 13 incumbents who are not running for re-election, 7 are Democrat and 6 are Republican.
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13 incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 22 incumbents (62.8%) ran for re-election.  Of the 13 incumbents who did not run for re-election, 7 are Democrat and 6 are Republican.
  
Incumbents who are retiring are:
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Incumbents who retired are:
  
 
:* District 1: Incumbent Democrat [[Gary Hanson]].
 
:* District 1: Incumbent Democrat [[Gary Hanson]].
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: * Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system  
 
: * 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 be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
 
==Majority control==
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
 
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==List of candidates== {{Partisanbreakdownstatesenates}}
 
==List of candidates== {{Partisanbreakdownstatesenates}}
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:* [[Jason Frerichs]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Jason Frerichs]] {{approved}}
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Gary Hanson]] is not running for reelection, although he was eligible to do so under South Dakota's term limits.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Gary Hanson]] did not run for re-election, although he was eligible to do so under South Dakota's term limits.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Jason Frerichs]]{{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Jason Frerichs]] 5,629 {{won}}
  
 
===District 2===
 
===District 2===
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:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Jim Hundstad]]. {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 2nd district since 2004.
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:* [[Jim Hundstad]]. {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 2nd district in 2004.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Jim Hundstad]]{{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Jim Hundstad]] 5,872 {{won}}
  
 
===District 3===
 
===District 3===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Al Novstrup]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 3rd district since 2008.
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:* [[Al Novstrup]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 3rd district in 2008.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Alan Hoerth]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Alan Hoerth]] 3,531
:{{reddot}} [[Al Novstrup]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Al Novstrup]] 5,281 {{won}}
 
===District 4===
 
===District 4===
  
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:* [[Dick  Schwandt]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Dick  Schwandt]] {{approved}}
 
:* Susan Thompson  
 
:* Susan Thompson  
'''Note:''' Incumbent Democrat [[James Peterson]] is not seeking re-election.
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'''Note:''' Incumbent Democrat [[James Peterson]] did not seek re-election.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Dick  Schwandt]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Dick  Schwandt]] 3,418
:{{reddot}} [[Tim Begalka]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Tim Begalka]] 5,346 {{won}}
  
 
===District 5===
 
===District 5===
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:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Nancy Turbak Berry]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 5th district since 2007.
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:* [[Nancy Turbak Berry]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 5th district in 2007.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Nancy Turbak Berry]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Nancy Turbak Berry]] 4,110
:{{reddot}} [[Ried Holien]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Ried Holien]] 4,642 {{won}}
  
 
===District 6===
 
===District 6===
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:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
  
:No Democrat is seeking election.
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:No Democrat sought election.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Arthur Fryslie]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 6th district since 2008.
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:* [[Arthur Fryslie]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 6th district in 2008.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Arthur Fryslie]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Arthur Fryslie]] 5,981 {{won}}
  
 
===District 7===
 
===District 7===
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:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Pam Merchant]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 7th district since 2008.
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:* [[Pam Merchant]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 7th district in 2008.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Pam Merchant]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Pam Merchant]] 3,631
:{{reddot}} [[Larry Tidemann]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Larry Tidemann]] 4,289 {{won}}
  
 
===District 8===
 
===District 8===
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:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
  
:No Democrat is seeking election.
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:No Democrat sought election.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 8th district since 2008.
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:* [[Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 8th district in 2008.
  
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)]] 6,981 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Clark Schmidtke, Sr.]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Clark Schmidtke, Sr.]] 1,648
  
 
===District 9===
 
===District 9===
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:* [[Deb Peters]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Deb Peters]] {{approved}}
  
'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Tom Dempster]] is not eligible to seek reelection under South Dakota's term limits.
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'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Tom Dempster]] was not eligible to seek re-election under South Dakota's term limits.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Rob Wilson]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Rob Wilson]] 2,956
:{{reddot}} [[Deb Peters]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Deb Peters]] 5,119 {{won}}
  
 
===District 10===
 
===District 10===
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:* [[Shantel Krebs]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Shantel Krebs]] {{approved}}
  
'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Gene Abdallah]] is not eligible to seek reelection under South Dakota's term limits.
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'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Gene Abdallah]] was not eligible to seek re-election under South Dakota's term limits.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[George Gulson]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[George Gulson]] 5,083
:{{reddot}} [[Shantel Krebs]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Shantel Krebs]] 9,434 {{won}}
  
 
===District 11===
 
===District 11===
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:* [[Todd Schlekeway]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Todd Schlekeway]] {{approved}}
  
'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Jason Gant]] did not seek reelection but instead is the Republican nominee for Secretary of State.
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'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Jason Gant]] did not seek re-election but instead was the Republican nominee for Secretary of State.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Tom Cool]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Tom Cool]] 3,828
:{{reddot}} [[Todd Schlekeway]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Todd Schlekeway]] 7,055 {{won}}
  
 
===District 12===
 
===District 12===
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:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Sandy Jerstad]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 12th district since 2006.
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:* [[Sandy Jerstad]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 12th district in 2006.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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:{{orangedot}} <u>'''Constitution Party candidate:</u>
 
:{{orangedot}} <u>'''Constitution Party candidate:</u>
  
:* [[Slade Ammann]]
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:* [[Slade Ammann]] ''Did not appear on general election ballot''
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Sandy Jerstad]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Sandy Jerstad]] 5,117
:{{reddot}} [[Mark Johnston]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Mark Johnston]] 6,094 {{won}}
:{{orangedot}} [[Slade Ammann]]
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===District 13===
 
===District 13===
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:* [[Matt Parker]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Matt Parker]] {{approved}}
'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Scott Heidepriem]] did not seek reelection but instead is the Democratic nominee for governor.
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'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Scott Heidepriem]] did not seek re-election but instead was the Democratic nominee for governor.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Matt Parker]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Matt Parker]] 3,780
:{{reddot}} [[Phyllis Heineman]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Phyllis Heineman]] 4,856 {{won}}
  
 
===District 14===
 
===District 14===
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:* [[Joni Cutler]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Joni Cutler]] {{approved}}
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[David Knudson]] is not eligible to run for re-election under South Dakota's term limits.  He was defeated in the June 8 Republican primary for governor.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[David Knudson]] was not eligible to run for re-election under South Dakota's term limits.  He was defeated in the June 8 Republican primary for governor.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Cindy Schumacher]]  
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:{{bluedot}} [[Cindy Schumacher]] 3,228
:{{reddot}} [[Joni Cutler]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Joni Cutler]] 6,568 {{won}}
  
 
===District 15===
 
===District 15===
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:* [[Angie Buhl]]: 398 {{approved}}
 
:* [[Angie Buhl]]: 398 {{approved}}
:* [[Kathleen Miles]]: 276 Incumbent, has represented the 15th district since 2008.
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:* [[Kathleen Miles]]: 276 Incumbent, was first elected to the 15th district in 2009.
  
Across the country in 2010, [[state senate elections, 2010|state senate elections]] are being held in 43 states.  1,167 state senate seats are at stake.  In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent [[state senator]].  Buhl is [[Challengers who defeated incumbents in 2010's state legislative elections#State senates|one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated]] an incumbent Democratic state senator.
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Across the country in 2010, [[state senate elections, 2010|state senate elections]] were held in 43 states.  1,167 state senate seats were at stake.  In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent [[state senator]].  Buhl was [[Challengers who defeated incumbents in 2010's state legislative elections#State senates|one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated]] an incumbent Democratic state senator.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Angie Buhl]]{{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Angie Buhl]] 2,856 {{won}}
  
 
===District 16===
 
===District 16===
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:* [[Kathy Hill]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Kathy Hill]] {{approved}}
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Margaret Gillespie]] did not seek reelection.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Margaret Gillespie]] did not seek re-election.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Kathy Hill]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Kathy Hill]] 6,082
:{{reddot}} [[Dan Lederman]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Dan Lederman]] 3,616 {{won}}
  
 
===District 17===
 
===District 17===
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:* [[Eldon Nygaard]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Eldon Nygaard]] {{approved}}
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Ben Nesselhuf]] did not seek reelection but instead is the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Ben Nesselhuf]] did not seek re-election but instead was the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Eldon Nygaard]]{{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Eldon Nygaard]] 3,895 {{won}}
:{{reddot}} [[Terri Jorgenson]]
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:{{reddot}} [[Terri Jorgenson]] 3,396
  
 
===District 18===
 
===District 18===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Jean Hunhoff]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 18th district since 2006.
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:* [[Jean Hunhoff]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 18th district in 2006.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Jean Hunhoff]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Jean Hunhoff]] 5,915 {{won}}
  
 
===District 19===
 
===District 19===
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:* [[Glennis Stern]] {{approved}}
 
:* [[Glennis Stern]] {{approved}}
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Frank Kloucek]] is not eligible to seek reelection under South Dakota's term limits and is running for a District 19 state house seat.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Frank Kloucek]] was not eligible to seek re-election under South Dakota's term limits and ran for a District 19 state house seat.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Glennis Stern]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Glennis Stern]] 3,478
:{{reddot}} [[Jim Putnam]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Jim Putnam]] 4,692 {{won}}
  
 
===District 20===
 
===District 20===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Mike Vehle]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 20th district since 2008.
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:* [[Mike Vehle]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 20th district in 2008.
  
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Susan Thie]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Susan Thie]] 1,870
:{{reddot}} [[Mike Vehle]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Mike Vehle]] 4,827 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Steve Sibson]]  
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:{{greydot}} [[Steve Sibson]] 1,729
  
 
===District 21===
 
===District 21===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Cooper Garnos]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 21st district since 1998.
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:* [[Cooper Garnos]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 21st district in 1998.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Brandon Sazue]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Brandon Sazue]] 2,207
:{{reddot}} [[Cooper Garnos]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Cooper Garnos]] 5,562 {{won}}
  
 
===District 22===
 
===District 22===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Tom Hansen (South Dakota politician)]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 22nd district since 2004.
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:* [[Tom Hansen (South Dakota politician)]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 22nd district in 2004.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Perry Danforth]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Perry Danforth]] 3,823
:{{reddot}} [[Tom Hansen (South Dakota politician)]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Tom Hansen (South Dakota politician)]] 5,192 {{won}}
  
 
===District 23===
 
===District 23===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Corey Brown]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 23rd district since 2008.
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:* [[Corey Brown]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 23rd district in 2008.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Corey Brown]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Corey Brown]] 6,455 {{won}}
  
 
===District 24===
 
===District 24===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Bob Gray]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 24th district since 2004.
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:* [[Bob Gray]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 24th district in 2004.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Donna Fjelstad]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Donna Fjelstad]] 2,936
:{{reddot}} [[Bob Gray]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Bob Gray]] 6,676 {{won}}
  
 
===District 25===
 
===District 25===
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:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Dan Ahlers]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 25th district since 2008.
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:* [[Dan Ahlers]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 25th district in 2008.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Dan Ahlers]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Dan Ahlers]] 4,788
:{{reddot}} [[Tim Rave]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Tim Rave]] 5,128 {{won}}
  
 
===District 26===
 
===District 26===
  
'''Note:''' Incumbent Democrat [[Julie Bartling]] is not seeking re-election. Instead she is running for State Auditor.
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'''Note:''' Incumbent Democrat [[Julie Bartling]] did not seek re-election. Instead she ran for State Auditor.
  
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''June 8 Democratic primary result:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Billie Sutton]]{{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Billie Sutton]] 4,167 {{won}}
:{{reddot}} [[John Meyer]]
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:{{reddot}} [[John Meyer]] 3,045
  
 
===District 27===
 
===District 27===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[James Bradford]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 27th district since 2008.
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:* [[James Bradford]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 27th district in 2008.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Eugene Christensen]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Eugene Christensen]] 1,998
:{{reddot}} [[James Bradford]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[James Bradford]] 3,402 {{won}}
  
 
===District 28===
 
===District 28===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Ryan Maher]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 28th district since 2007.
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:* [[Ryan Maher]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 28th district in 2007.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Julie Garreau]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Julie Garreau]] 1,836
:{{reddot}} [[Ryan Maher]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Ryan Maher]] 4,732 {{won}}
  
 
===District 29===
 
===District 29===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Larry Rhoden]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 29th district since 2008.
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:* [[Larry Rhoden]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 29th district in 2008.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Larry Rhoden]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Larry Rhoden]] 7,313 {{won}}
  
 
===District 30===
 
===District 30===
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:* [[Bruce Rampelberg]]: 2,012 {{approved}}
 
:* [[Bruce Rampelberg]]: 2,012 {{approved}}
 
:* George Ferebee: 1,993  
 
:* George Ferebee: 1,993  
'''Note''': Incumbent [[Gordon Howie]] did not seek reelection but lost in the June 8 Republican primary for governor.
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'''Note''': Incumbent [[Gordon Howie]] did not seek re-election but lost in the June 8 Republican primary for governor.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Bruce Rampelberg]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Bruce Rampelberg]] 7,925 {{won}}
  
 
===District 31===
 
===District 31===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary result:</u>
  
:* [[Thomas Nelson]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 31st district since 2008.
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:* [[Thomas Nelson]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 31st district in 2008.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Nyla Griffith]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Nyla Griffith]] 3,970
:{{reddot}} [[Thomas Nelson]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Thomas Nelson]] 5,824 {{won}}
  
 
===District 32===
 
===District 32===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary:</u>
  
:* [[Stanford Adelstein]] {{approved}}  Incumbent, has represented the 31st district since 2004.
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:* [[Stanford Adelstein]] {{approved}}  Incumbent, was first elected to the 31st district in 2004.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Stanford Adelstein]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Stanford Adelstein]] 5,540 {{won}}
  
 
===District 33===
 
===District 33===
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:* [[Elizabeth Kraus]]: 1,721 {{approved}}
 
:* [[Elizabeth Kraus]]: 1,721 {{approved}}
 
:* J.P. Duniphan: 598
 
:* J.P. Duniphan: 598
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Dennis Schmidt (South Dakota politician)]] is not running for reelection.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Dennis Schmidt (South Dakota politician)]] did not run for re-election.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Elizabeth Kraus]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Elizabeth Kraus]] 5,668 {{won}}
  
 
===District 34===
 
===District 34===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary:</u>
  
:* [[Craig Tieszen]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 34th district since 2008.
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:* [[Craig Tieszen]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 34th district in 2008.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Craig Tieszen]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Craig Tieszen]] 7,136 {{won}}
  
 
===District 35===
 
===District 35===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 8 GOP primary:</u>
  
:* [[Jeffrey Haverly]] {{approved}} Incumbent, has represented the 35th district since 2008.
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:* [[Jeffrey Haverly]] {{approved}} Incumbent, was first elected to the 35th district in 2008.
  
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
 
:{{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Jeffrey Haverly]]{{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Jeffrey Haverly]] 4,298 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Anthony Sylvester Valella]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Anthony Sylvester Valella]] 1,736
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://boe.sd.gov/crystalreportviewers115/htmlviewerbridge_cache.aspx?id=291931&apstoken=ESPR1WEB18.STATE.SD.LOCAL%402493567J3iLAVCXiTM9i3gF2493563J8xWZclEBitcj0lg&PromptOnRefresh=0&init=dhtml&Promptex-CountyID=&jobId=f941a746-521c-4700-82bd-7385f26d9e3c&skey=n1h1xkjcny53tf4531dtmm21 South Dakota State Legislature General Election Results, 2010]
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*[http://electionresults.sd.gov/applications/st25cers3/resultsSW.aspx?type=leg South Dakota State Senate General Election Official Results, 2010]
 
*[http://boe.sd.gov/crystalreportviewers115/htmlviewerbridge_cache.aspx?id=291931&apstoken=ESPR1WEB14.STATE.SD.LOCAL%402119586JdKzSnQpghWvOjiZ2119584J2HMnIpsf0fwv4rm&PromptOnRefresh=0&init=dhtml&Promptex-CountyID=&jobId=82fb55e0-b2ea-445d-adf2-97a548b80c12&skey=bn0mwh55sdayjwalo2mrof55 List of 2010 general election candidates for South Dakota State Senate]
 
*[http://boe.sd.gov/crystalreportviewers115/htmlviewerbridge_cache.aspx?id=291931&apstoken=ESPR1WEB14.STATE.SD.LOCAL%402119586JdKzSnQpghWvOjiZ2119584J2HMnIpsf0fwv4rm&PromptOnRefresh=0&init=dhtml&Promptex-CountyID=&jobId=82fb55e0-b2ea-445d-adf2-97a548b80c12&skey=bn0mwh55sdayjwalo2mrof55 List of 2010 general election candidates for South Dakota State Senate]
 
*[http://legis.state.sd.us/general/TermLimits.pdf Official list of incumbent South Dakota legislators subject to term limits]
 
*[http://legis.state.sd.us/general/TermLimits.pdf Official list of incumbent South Dakota legislators subject to term limits]
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*[http://www.sddp.org/index.php?option=com_contact&view=category&catid=16&Itemid=41 South Dakota Democratic Party's list of 2010 legislative candidates]
 
*[http://www.sddp.org/index.php?option=com_contact&view=category&catid=16&Itemid=41 South Dakota Democratic Party's list of 2010 legislative candidates]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/election_state_legislator.php?state_id=SD&type=office&criteria=upper Project Vote Smart list of candidates for South Dakota State Senate in the November 2, 2010 election]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/election_state_legislator.php?state_id=SD&type=office&criteria=upper Project Vote Smart list of candidates for South Dakota State Senate in the November 2, 2010 election]
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South Dakota State Senate
Elections for the office of South Dakota's State Senate were held in South Dakota on November 2, 2010.

South Dakota's 35 state senators serve two-year terms with term limits. All 35 seats were up for election in November.[1] Of the 35 seats up for election, incumbents ran in 22 races. There are 4 incumbents ineligible to run because of term limits.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 30, 2010. The primary election day was June 8, 2010.

See also: South Dakota State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Al Novstrup
  2. Angie Buhl O'Donnell
  3. Arthur Fryslie
  4. Billie Sutton
  5. Bob Gray
  6. Bruce Rampelberg
  7. Cooper Garnos
  8. Corey Brown
  9. Craig Tieszen
  10. Dan Lederman
  11. Deb Peters
  12. Eldon Nygaard
  13. Elizabeth Kraus
  14. J.E. Putnam
  15. James Bradford
  16. Jason Frerichs
  17. Jean Hunhoff
  18. Jeffrey Haverly
  19. Jim Hundstad
  20. Joni Cutler
  21. Larry Rhoden
  22. Larry Tidemann
  23. Mark Johnston
  24. Mike Vehle
  25. Phyllis Heineman
  26. Ried Holien
  27. Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)
  28. Ryan Maher
  29. Shantel Krebs
  30. Stanford Adelstein
  31. Thomas Nelson
  32. Tim Begalka
  33. Timothy Rave
  34. Todd Schlekeway
  35. Tom Hansen (South Dakota politician)

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the South Dakota State Senate:

South Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 14 5
     Republican Party 21 30
Total 35 35


The Democratic Party elected six senators in 2010, but Eldon Nygaard (D) joined the Republican Party after the election.

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The South Dakota State Senate has been a term-limited state senate in 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 2010, four of them who are current members were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. They are:

Democrats (1):


Republicans (3):


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.[2]

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: [3]

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


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

7 incumbents (31.8%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.

  • 1 Democratic incumbent faced no November challenger.
  • 6 GOP incumbents faced no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 1 incumbent (4.5%) faced competition in the June 8 primary. Democratic incumbent Kathleen Miles, who was first elected to District 15 in 2009, lost to challenger Angie Buhl in the June 8 primary.

Retiring incumbents

13 incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 22 incumbents (62.8%) ran for re-election. Of the 13 incumbents who did not run for re-election, 7 are Democrat and 6 are Republican.

Incumbents who retired are:

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the South Dakota Senate, a candidate must be:[4]

  • 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

List of candidates

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District 1

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Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Gary Hanson did not run for re-election, although he was eligible to do so under South Dakota's term limits.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason Frerichs 5,629 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Jim Hundstad. Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 2nd district in 2004.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Hundstad 5,872 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Al Novstrup Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 3rd district in 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Alan Hoerth 3,531
Republican Party Al Novstrup 5,281 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:

Note: Incumbent Democrat James Peterson did not seek re-election.

Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dick Schwandt 3,418
Republican Party Tim Begalka 5,346 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nancy Turbak Berry 4,110
Republican Party Ried Holien 4,642 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
No Democrat sought election.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Arthur Fryslie Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 6th district in 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Arthur Fryslie 5,981 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Pam Merchant Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 7th district in 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pam Merchant 3,631
Republican Party Larry Tidemann 4,289 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
No Democrat sought election.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Russell Olson (South Dakota politician) 6,981 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Clark Schmidtke, Sr. 1,648

District 9

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Tom Dempster was not eligible to seek re-election under South Dakota's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rob Wilson 2,956
Republican Party Deb Peters 5,119 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Gene Abdallah was not eligible to seek re-election under South Dakota's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George Gulson 5,083
Republican Party Shantel Krebs 9,434 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Jason Gant did not seek re-election but instead was the Republican nominee for Secretary of State.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Cool 3,828
Republican Party Todd Schlekeway 7,055 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Sandy Jerstad Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 12th district in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution Party Constitution Party candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sandy Jerstad 5,117
Republican Party Mark Johnston 6,094 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:

Note: Incumbent Scott Heidepriem did not seek re-election but instead was the Democratic nominee for governor.

Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Matt Parker 3,780
Republican Party Phyllis Heineman 4,856 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent David Knudson was not eligible to run for re-election under South Dakota's term limits. He was defeated in the June 8 Republican primary for governor.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cindy Schumacher 3,228
Republican Party Joni Cutler 6,568 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Buhl was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Angie Buhl 2,856 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Margaret Gillespie did not seek re-election.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathy Hill 6,082
Republican Party Dan Lederman 3,616 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Ben Nesselhuf did not seek re-election but instead was the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eldon Nygaard 3,895 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Terri Jorgenson 3,396

District 18

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Jean Hunhoff Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 18th district in 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jean Hunhoff 5,915 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Frank Kloucek was not eligible to seek re-election under South Dakota's term limits and ran for a District 19 state house seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Glennis Stern 3,478
Republican Party Jim Putnam 4,692 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Mike Vehle Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 20th district in 2008.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Susan Thie 1,870
Republican Party Mike Vehle 4,827 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Steve Sibson 1,729

District 21

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Cooper Garnos Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 21st district in 1998.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brandon Sazue 2,207
Republican Party Cooper Garnos 5,562 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Perry Danforth 3,823
Republican Party Tom Hansen (South Dakota politician) 5,192 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Corey Brown Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 23rd district in 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Corey Brown 6,455 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Bob Gray Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 24th district in 2004.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donna Fjelstad 2,936
Republican Party Bob Gray 6,676 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Dan Ahlers Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 25th district in 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dan Ahlers 4,788
Republican Party Tim Rave 5,128 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Note: Incumbent Democrat Julie Bartling did not seek re-election. Instead she ran for State Auditor.

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Billie Sutton 4,167 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Meyer 3,045

District 27

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • James Bradford Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 27th district in 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eugene Christensen 1,998
Republican Party James Bradford 3,402 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Ryan Maher Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 28th district in 2007.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Julie Garreau 1,836
Republican Party Ryan Maher 4,732 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Larry Rhoden Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 29th district in 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Larry Rhoden 7,313 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result (after recount):

Note: Incumbent Gordon Howie did not seek re-election but lost in the June 8 Republican primary for governor.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bruce Rampelberg 7,925 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Thomas Nelson Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 31st district in 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nyla Griffith 3,970
Republican Party Thomas Nelson 5,824 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Stanford Adelstein 5,540 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary:
Note: Incumbent Dennis Schmidt (South Dakota politician) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Elizabeth Kraus 5,668 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary:
  • Craig Tieszen Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 34th district in 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Craig Tieszen 7,136 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary:
  • Jeffrey Haverly Approveda Incumbent, was first elected to the 35th district in 2008.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jeffrey Haverly 4,298 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Anthony Sylvester Valella 1,736

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