South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

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South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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South Dakota State Senate2012 South Dakota House Elections
Elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate will be held in South Dakota on November 6, 2012. A total of 35 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections is March 27, 2011. The primary election day will be June 5, 2012.

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the South Dakota State Senate:

South Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 7
     Republican Party 30 28
Total 35 35


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.[1]

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: [2]

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

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

Term limits

Bob Gray has represented District 24 of the South Dakota State Senate since 2005. He is ineligible to run for reelection in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

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 2012, 3 of them who are current members, or 8.6% of the total senate seats, will be ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, 1 is a Democratic state senator and 2 are Republican state senators.

In addition to the 3 state senators who are leaving office because of term limits, 7 state representatives are also termed-out.

The 3 current members of the state senate who will be ineligible to run in November are:

Democrats (1):


Republicans (2):

Game-changers

See also: Ballotpedia: "Game-changers" in the 2012 state legislative elections
  • District 3 incumbent Al Novstrup (R) will face H. Paul Dennert (D), currently a member of the State House. Dennert purchased a condominium in District 3 so that he would be eligible to run in a District that represented Aberdeen. Redistricting moved his home into District 1.[4]

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Jason Frerichs Incumbent Frerichs assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 2

Note: Incumbent Jim Hundstad (D) is retiring due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 3

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Al Novstrup Incumbent Novstrup assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 4

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

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District 5

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 6

Note: Incumbent Arthur Fryslie (R) is running for re-election in District 2.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 7

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

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District 8

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 9

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

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District 10

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
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District 11

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
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District 12

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
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District 13

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
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District 14

Note: Incumbent Joni Cutler (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 15

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Angie Buhl Incumbent Buhl assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 16

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

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District 17

Note: Incumbent Eldon Nygaard (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 18

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 19

Note: Incumbent J.E. Putnam (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 20

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
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District 21

Note: Incumbent Kent Juhnke (R) is running for re-election in District 26.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 22

Note: Incumbent Tom Hansen (R) is retiring due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 23

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 24

Note: Incumbent Bob Gray (R) is retiring due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 25

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Tim Rave Incumbent Rave assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 26

Note: Incumbent Billie Sutton (D) is running for re-election in District 21.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 27

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 28

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 29

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 30

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 31

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 32

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 33

Note: Incumbent Elizabeth Kraus (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 34

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 35

Note: Incumbent Jeffrey Haverly (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

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