Campaign 2012
State Facts
Capitol:Pierre
Nickname:Coyote State; Mount Rushmore State
Bird:Ring-Necked Pheasant
Motto:Under God the People Rule
Electoral Votes:3
Democrat Delegates:21
Republican Delegates:27
Secretary of State
Name:Jason M. Gant
Address:500 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 204, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone:(605) 773-3537
Fax:(605) 773-6580
Email:sdsos@state.sd.us
Website:http://sdsos.gov/Elections/Default.aspx
Election Vitals
Governor:Dennis Daugaard (R) re-election in 2014
Senator:Tim Johnson (D) re-election 2014
Senator:John Thune (R) re-election 2016
Election Schedule
Presidential/State Primary:June 05, 2012
Past Presidential Elections

2008

Barack Obama:44.7%
John McCain:53.2%

2004

John Kerry:38.4%
George Bush:59.9%

2000

Al Gore:37.6%
George Bush:60.3%

1996

Bill Clinton:43.0%
Ross Perot:9.7%
Bob Dole:46.5%

1992

Bill Clinton:37.1%
Ross Perot:21.8%
George Bush:40.7%

1988

Michael Dukakis:46.5%
George Bush:52.8%
Previous Election Results, other races

2010 Senate General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
John ThuneRepublican227,947100.0%

2010 Governor General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Scott HeidepriemDemocratic122,03738.5%
Dennis DaugaardRepublican195,04661.5%

2010 Governor Primary

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Dennis DaugaardRepublican42,26150.4%
Gordon HowieRepublican10,42612.4%
Dave KnudsonRepublican13,21815.8%
Ken KnuppeRepublican3,1863.8%
Scott MunstermanRepublican14,72617.6%

2008 Senate General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Tim JohnsonDemocratic237,88962.5%
Joel DykstraRepublican142,78437.5%

2008 Senate Primary

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Joel DykstraRepublican34,59865.7%
Charles GonyoRepublican4,9839.5%
Sam KephartRepublican13,04724.8%

2006 Governor Primary

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Jack BillionDemocratic22,52761.9%
Dennis WieseDemocratic13,86238.1%

2006 Governor General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Jack BillionDemocratic121,22636.1%
Mike RoundsRepublican206,99061.7%

2004 Senate General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Tom DaschleDemocratic193,34049.4%
John ThuneRepublican197,84850.6%

2002 Senate Primary

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Herman EilersDemocratic3,5585.2%
Tim JohnsonDemocratic65,43894.8%

2002 Governor Primary

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Jim AbbottDemocratic46,79468.8%
Jim HutmacherDemocratic8,84713.0%
Ron VoleskyDemocratic11,48116.9%

2002 Governor General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Jim AbbottDemocratic140,26341.9%
Mike RoundsRepublican189,92056.8%

2002 Senate General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Tim JohnsonDemocratic167,48149.6%
John ThuneRepublican166,95749.5%

2002 Governor Primary

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Mark BarnettRepublican32,86829.5%
Steve KirbyRepublican29,06526.1%
Mike RoundsRepublican49,33144.3%

1998 Senate General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Tom DaschleDemocratic162,88462.1%
Ron SchmidtRepublican95,43136.4%

1998 Governor General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Bernie HunhoffDemocratic85,47332.9%
William JanklowRepublican166,62164.0%

1998 Senate Primary

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Alan AkerRepublican19,20037.6%
John SandersRepublican5,29210.4%
Ron SchmidtRepublican26,54052.0%

1996 Senate General Election

CandidateParty# Votes% Votes
Tim JohnsonDemocratic166,53351.3%
Larry PresslerRepublican157,95448.7%
Demographics
Population816,463
Percentage of Population Age 65 and Up14.4%

Ethnicity

Percentage White85.7%
Percentage Black1.3%
Percentage American Indian / Alaska Native10.3%
Percentage Asian0.9%
Percentage Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander0.0%
Percentage Mixed Race2.1%
Percentage Other Race0.9%
Percentage Hispanic2.7%
Percentage Non Hispanic White84.4%
Percentage Non Hispanic Black1.2%
Percentage Households All Speak Language Other than English7.5%

Income

Median Household Income$45,904
Percentage Income in Poverty in 200914.4%

Energy

Percentage Homes heated by Electricity26.5%
Percentage Homes heated by Gas48.3%
Percentage Homes heated by Coal0.1%
Percentage Homes heated by Fuel Oil2.8%

Employment & Education

Percentage Employed Civilians 16-years-old and up50.1%
Percentage with a College Degree26.5%
Percentage Management or Professional Workers35.3%
Percentage Sales or Office Workers24.1%
Percentage Production or Transportation Workers12.5%

Unemployment

Unemployment figures as of October 2012

Unemployment rate4.5%
Unemployment Monthly Change0.1%

Marriage

Percentage Married Couples50.1%
Percentage Married Couples with Children19.5%
Percentage Married Couple Both Work49.2%
Percentage Unmarried Partner Households, Male living with Male0.0%
Percentage Unmarried Partner Households, Female living with Female0.1%

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Historical Election Results

2012
Nov. 6, 2012Presidental General Election
June 5, 2012Presidental Dem Primary
June 5, 2012Presidental GOP Primary
2008
June 3, 2008Presidental Dem Primary
June 3, 2008Presidental GOP Primary

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