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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in South Dakota

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Johnson Democratic Party
Tim Johnson.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in South Dakota will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Tim Johnson (D), who announced that he would not seek another term in 2014. Former South Dakota Republican governor Mike Rounds won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. He easily defeated his challengers.[3] Rounds will face Rick Weiland, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, former Rep. and Senator Larry Pressler (I) and former South Dakota State Senator Gordon Howie (I) in the general election. After, former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) declined to run, Republicans have seen South Dakota’s race as their best chance to pick up a seat in the Senate. A Republican strategist said, "Despite being a Democrat, she's well-liked in the state. She's still got really strong numbers. That would have been a legitimate battle with Rounds. She still would still have the same uphill sledding in a tough environment, but she would have made Rounds really work for the seat."[4] Without a significant challenger like Herseth Sandlin, Rounds has a strong chance to defeat Weiland in the general election. The Rothenberg Political Report/ Roll Call rated this race as “Republican Favored.”[5] If Rounds wins it will be the first time in 28 years both South Dakota U.S. Senate seats are held by Republicans.[6]


Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 25, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: South Dakota is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.[7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014.[8]

See also: South Dakota elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Tim Johnson (D). Johnson was first elected in 1996. He announced on March 25, 2013, that he would not be seeking another term in 2014.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

IndependentThird Party Candidates

Removed from ballot

Declined to run

Republican primary

Mike Rounds easily won the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.[3]

U.S. Senate, South Dakota Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rounds 55.5% 41,372
Stace Nelson 18.2% 13,591
Larry Rhoden 17.7% 13,178
Annette Bosworth 5.7% 4,283
Jason Ravnsborg 2.8% 2,066
Total Votes 74,490
Source: Results via Associated Press

Race background

Debates

On May 15, 2014, the candidates for U.S. Senate met in a televised debate, which can be viewed on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's website.

Failure to pay allegations

On May 7, 2014, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced he would look into the allegations that Bosworth failed to pay former employees the amount that they were owed. Leann Batiz, a nurse and one of six former employees who have said Bowsworth owes them money, wrote in a letter to state Rep. Steve Hickey, "After a few weeks of receiving $10 less an hour than I was paid as an RN, I started to have to beg for my paycheck every two weeks and she always 'negotiated' a lesser amount than I was owed."[23]

Nominating petitions under review

On May 6, 2014, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced he would investigate nominating petitions submitted by Annette Bosworth and Clayton Walker. The results of the investigation may not be announced until after the election.[24] Walker has been removed from the primary election ballot for failing to submit the required amount of valid signatures, but he plans to challenge the ruling.[25]

Bosworth's arrest

Annette Bosworth was arrested a day after the primary on six counts of perjury and six counts of filing false election documents.[26] Bosworth claims her former lawyer, Joel Arends, pressured her to perjure and sign false documents because he was secretly working for Mike Rounds' campaign.[27] Bosworth also claims South Dakota's Attorney General Marty Jackley has a "political vendetta" against her based on Jackley's contributions to Rounds' campaign.[28]

"Not my choice."

Despite the urging of Sen. Tom Daschle, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated that Weiland is “not my choice.” Some believed Reid was trying to convince former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin to reconsider running. Weiland, who worked for Daschle, has received support form his former boss in his bid for Senate.[29]

Johnson's retirement

Three term Senator Tim Johnson (D) of South Dakota announced on March 25, 2013, that he would not be seeking another term in 2014.[9]

In a news conference at his alma mater, the University of South Dakota, Johnson joked, "I will be 68 years old at the end of this term and it is time for me to say goodbye. As much as [my wife] Barbara would like me to run again, I have to say no. I'm honored and humbled that the people of South Dakota, Democrats, Republicans and independents, have allowed me to represent you in the state legislature, the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate."[9]

Johnson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and won re-election in 2002.[30] In 2006, Johnson suffered a brain hemorrhage that almost killed him, but he recovered and went on to run for and win re-election in 2008.[30] When asked if his health was behind his decision not to run again, Johnson answered, "I feel great, but I must be honest. I appreciate that my right arm and right leg are not what they used to be and my speech is not entirely there. But I think mostly that it's time to go."[30]

If he had made a bid for another term in the Senate, Johnson was expected to face a tough win for re-election and was considered vulnerable.[31]

Johnson was the fifth Democratic Senator to announce plans to retire in 2014.[30] Others include Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, and Carl Levin of Michigan. Two Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Mike Johanns of Nebraska, are also not making bids next year for another term in office.[30]

The 2014 election will be the first time since 1978 that South Dakota will have an open Senate seat.[32]

Race ratings

Most vulnerable seats

The Fiscal Times compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[31] Republicans may be able to win the open Senate seat in November because South Dakota has been strongly Republican at the presidential level and increasingly so for other federal elections; however, South Dakota has a record of mixing partisan affiliations of its congressional delegation in Washington.[31]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in South Dakota is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Former Gov. Mike Rounds picked up momentum as a fundraiser. By the end of 2013, South Dakota was still considered the best opportunity for Republicans to pickup a seat.[33]

Rothenberg Political Report/ Roll Call

According to Rothenberg Political Report/ Roll Call, as of December 19, 2013, the South Dakota Senate race has been moved from Lean Republican to Republican Favored. The reason for this move is the lack of a viable Democratic candidate.[34]

Polls

Rounds v. Weiland v. Pressler v. Howie v. Walker
Poll Mike Rounds Rick WeilandLarry PresslerGordon HowieClayton WalkerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Survey USA
May 6- May 10, 2014
44%30%17%3%2%5%+/-4.5504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Rounds v. Weiland v. Pressler v. Howie
Poll Mike Rounds Rick WeilandLarry PresslerGordon HowieMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
April 30- May 1, 2014
38%28%15%4%+/-3.6745
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Mike Rounds vs. Rick Weiland
Poll Mike Rounds Rick WeilandSomeone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (February 25-26, 2014)
51%31%6%11%+/-4.5500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Media

Mike Rounds


"Rounds for Senate TV Ad 'Ready to Work'."

Larry Pressler


"Larry Pressler's American Hustle Campaign Ad."

Larry Rhoden


"Larry Rhoden for US Senate."

Rick Weiland


"Starting Over."

Annette Bosworth

Press conference

Bosworth held a press conference to condemn critics and the media for using hateful, misogynistic rhetoric to characterize her and other female candidates and politicians. She delivered her message in front of large signs featuring negative and profane words that people have called Bosworth during the campaign. During the conference Bosworth said, "The Democrats talk about a war on women, but much of what you see here is written by the supposedly tolerant liberals. They are hateful, they are hurtful and no person should have to endure it."[35] The full press conference can be viewed here.

Attack ad

Bosworth released an ad attacking Rounds for commuting the sentence of Joaquin Ramos, who killed his pregnant girlfriend, Debbie Martines, in 1994, from life in prison to 150 years, when Rounds was governor of South Dakota. Ramos will have his first parole hearing in May 2014. According to Argus Leader, Rounds said he regretted his decision and would urge the parole board to keep Ramos in prison."[36]


"Rounds Commute Ad."

Documentary

After her arrest after the primary, Bosworth posted a Youtube video professing her innocence and announced that she was making a documentary about the race with filmmaker Lee Stranahan.[37]

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot accecss
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Mike Rounds

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rounds' reports.[38]

Mike Rounds (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]June 5, 2013$253,143.15$185,813.00$(67,654.86)$371,301.29
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$371,301.29$603,468.80$(216,881.74)$757,888.35
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2013$757,888.35$607,299.06$(350,365.93)$1,014,821.48
Year-End[42]January 29, 2014$1,014,821$519,234$(370,482)$1,163,573
Running totals
$1,915,814.86$(1,005,384.53)

Larry Rhoden

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rhoden's reports.[43]

Larry Rhoden (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[44]October 14, 2013$0.00$62,550.00$(6,819.69)$55,730.31
Year-End[45]January 30, 2014$55,730$37,740$(20,608)$72,862
April Quarterly[46]April 14, 2014$72,862.15$15,988.00$(10,752.21)$78,097.94
Running totals
$116,278$(38,179.9)

Stace Nelson

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nelson's reports.[47]

Stace Nelson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[48]October 15, 2013$0$57,480$(30,842)$26,637
Year-End[49]January 31, 2014$26,637$31,040$(23,932)$33,745
April Quarterly[50]April 16, 2014$33,745.63$28,414.34$(28,727.63)$33,432.34
Running totals
$116,934.34$(83,501.63)

Annette Bosworth

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bosworth's reports.[51]

Annette Bosworth (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[52]October 15, 2013$0.00$50,229.06$(21,506.90)$28,722.16
Year-End[53]January 31, 2014$28,722$315,314$(94,391)$249,645
April Quarterly[54]April 15, 2014$249,645.18$772,326.66$(673,539.43)$348,432.41
Running totals
$1,137,869.72$(789,437.33)

Rick Weiland

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Weiland's reports.[55]


Rick Weiland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[56]July 15, 2013$0$205,941$(5,908)$200,032
October Quarterly[57]October 15, 2013$200,032$169,679$(54,505)$315,206
Year-End[58]January 31, 2014$315,206$160,647$(91,146)$384,706
April Quarterly[59]April 15, 2014$384,706.65$203,838.78$(103,180.65)$485,364.78
Pre-Primary[60]May 16, 2014$485,364.78$93,091.01$(268,396.58)$310,059.21
Running totals
$833,196.79$(523,136.23)

Larry Pressler

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pressler's reports.[61]

Larry Pressler (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[62]January 31, 2014$0$29,850$(2,250)$27,600
April Quarterly[63]April 10, 2014$25,155.92$39,453.61$(27,860.34)$36,749.19
Running totals
$69,303.61$(30,110.34)

Election history

2008

On November 4, 2008, Johnson won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Joel Dykstra in the general election.[64]

U.S. Senate, South Dakota General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Johnson Incumbent 62.5% 237,889
     Republican Joel Dykstra 37.5% 142,784
Total Votes 380,673

See also

External links

References

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