South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

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Elections for the office of South Dakota's State Senate will be held in South Dakota on November 2, 2010.

South Dakota's 35 state senators serve two-year terms with term limits. All 35 seats are up for election in November.[1] Of the 35 seats up for election, incumbents are running 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

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 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 are ineligible to run for the senate again in November. They are:

Democrats (1):


Republicans (3):


Campaign contributions

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
2008 92 $2,196,661
2006 89 $1,811,174
2004 78 $859,976
2002 63 $429,255

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

7 incumbents (31.8%) face no competition in the November 2 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 1 Democratic incumbent faces no November challenger.
  • 6 GOP incumbents face no November challenger.

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.

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.

Incumbents who are retiring are:

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the South Dakota Senate, a candidate must be:[3]

  • 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

Current partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 7
     Republican Party 28
Total 35


List of candidates

District 1

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Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Gary Hanson is not running for reelection, although he is 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.

District 2

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

District 3

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Al Novstrup. Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 3rd district since 2008.

District 4

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:

Note: Incumbent Democrat James Peterson is not seeking re-election.

Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

District 5

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

District 6

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
No Democrat is seeking election.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Arthur Fryslie Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 6th district since 2008.

District 7

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Pam Merchant Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 7th district since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

District 8

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

District 9

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Tom Dempster is not eligible to seek reelection under South Dakota's term limits.

District 10

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Gene Abdallah is not eligible to seek reelection under South Dakota's term limits.

District 11

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Jason Gant is not seeking reelection but instead is the Republican nominee for Secretary of State.

District 12

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Sandy Jerstad Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 12th district since 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution Party Constitution Party candidate:

District 13

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Scott Heidepriem is not seeking reelection but instead is the Democratic nominee for governor.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

District 14

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

District 15

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

District 16

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Margaret Gillespie is not seeking reelection.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

District 17

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Note: Incumbent Ben Nesselhuf is not seeking reelection but instead is the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

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, has represented the 18th district since 2006.

District 19

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

District 20

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Mike Vehle Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 20th district since 2008.
Independent Independent candidate:

District 21

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Cooper Garnos Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 21st district since 1998.

District 22

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

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, has represented the 23rd district since 2008.

District 24

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Bob Gray Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 24th district since 2004.

District 25

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Dan Ahlers Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 25th district since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

District 26

Note: Incumbent Democrat Julie Bartling is not seeking re-election. Instead she is running for State Auditor.

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

District 27

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • James Bradford Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 27th district since 2008.

District 28

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Ryan Maher Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 28th district since 2007.

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, has represented the 29th district since 2008.

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 is not seeking reelection but lost in the June 8 Republican primary for governor.

District 31

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Thomas Nelson Approveda Incumbent, has represented the 31st district since 2008.

District 32

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

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) is not running for reelection.

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, has represented the 34th district since 2008.

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, has represented the 35th district since 2008.
Independent Independent candidate:

See also

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