United States House of Representatives election in South Dakota, 2010
The 2010 United States House of Representatives election in South Dakota took place on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Voters selected a representative for their single At-Large district, who run on a statewide ballot. On June 8, 2010, the Republicans nominated Kristi Noem, Assistant Majority Leader of the South Dakota House of Representatives and the Democrats nominated the incumbent Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. In the general election, Noem defeated Herseth Sandlin, winning 48.1 percent of the vote to 45.9 percent for Herseth Sandlin.
No longer running
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During the general election campaign, Republicans criticized Herseth Sandlin's voting record. They also criticized her lobbyist husband's list of clients, noting that the companies had interests in legislation that would come before Congress.9 Noem pointed out that the National Association of Broadcasters paid Herseth Sandlin's husband, Max Sandlin, a lobbyist and former Congressman, $320,000 during the years 2008 and 2009 to lobby on their behalf, including a bill co-sponsored by Herseth Sandlin called the Local Radio Freedom Act.910 Herseth Sandlin responded that Noem's example was "laughable".10 The Rapid City Journal editorial board stated that Herseth Sandlin should not be laughing at a legitimate concern.11 Roll Call called the Republican effort an attempt "to stoke anti-Beltway emotions".9 Herseth Sandlin's campaign responded that she did not allow family members to lobby her or her staff.9 According to a Washington attorney, Herseth Sandlin's policy seemed compliant with House ethics rules that had been tightened in 2007, though Republicans charged Herseth Sandlin was violating the spirit of the conflict interest rules.9 "The Sunlight Foundation, Public Citizen and other watchdog groups are highly critical of Herseth Sandlin and other Members whose relatives work Congressional corridors", according to Roll Call.9 The groups have said the House ethics rules should be comparable to the Senate's rules and should ban all lobbying "under the Dome" by relatives of Members.9
On October 24, 2010, Nate Silver of the FiveThirtyEight.com New York Times blog predicted that there was a 77.5% chance that Noem would defeat Sandlin.14
The race saw each candidate spend over $1.75 million and was the first in Herseth Sandlin's career where she was outspent. 15
Funding from political parties and interest groups totaled $2,651,621 for the race, with 78% benefiting Noem.16 Groups supporting Herseth-Sandlin included the DCCC and CUNA. Noem was supported by the American Action Network, the NRCC and the American Future Fund.16
- ^ a b c "Statewide Candidate List". sd.gov. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
- ^ a b "Herseth Sandlin running for reelection - The Scorecard". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ "CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Obama campaign guru eyes House seat « - Blogs from CNN.com". Politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ http://www.curdforcongress.com/
- ^ http://www.nelsonforsd.com/
- ^ "Yankton Press & Dakotan > Archives > News > S.D. Legislator Considers U.S. House". Yankton.net. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ Author, Guest (2010-01-07). "It’s Official: Thad Wasson Ends Congressional Campaign, Endorses Curd". Dakotavoice.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ "Yankton Press & Dakotan > Archives > News > Krebs Decides Against U.S. House Run". Yankton.net. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ a b c d e f g Murray, Matthew (2010-07-26). "GOP Assails Sandlin Family Ties". Roll Call. Retrieved 2011-03-07. "Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s family situation is becoming a major headache for the South Dakota Democrat in her tough re-election bid, with Republicans ramping up their criticisms of her voting record — and her lobbyist husband’s extensive list of clients. In March 2007, the lawmaker married lobbyist and ex-Rep. Max Sandlin, a Texas Democrat who lost his seat to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) in 2004."
- ^ a b Montgomery, David (2010-09-27). "Noem targets Herseth Sandlin’s lobbyist husband in heated House race". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-07. "As Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin battles Republican challenger Kristi Noem in this fall’s election, she has found herself under attack from Republicans for her husband’s day job -– political lobbyist. Noem and her campaign are claiming Herseth Sandlin is being improperly influenced by lobbying contracts of Max Sandlin, a former Texas congressman who married the congresswoman in 2007."
- ^ "Sandlin’s job no laughing matter". Rapid City Journal. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2011-03-07. "Herseth Sandlin's claim that transparency and disclosure are adequate doesn't cut it. She should not be laughing off this legitimate concern."
- ^ Woster, Kevin. Poll: Herseth Sandlin gains back ground, but Noem still leads in House race, Rapid City Journal, July 9, 2010.
- ^ Rasmussen, Scott (2010-08-06). "Election 2010: South Dakota House of Representatives". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved 2010-08-07. "Republican Kristi Noem again passes the 50% mark of support this month against incumbent Democrat Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin in the race for South Dakota’s only House seat."
- ^ Silver, Nate (2010-10-20). "FiveThirtyEight Forecasts South Dakota At Large District". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
- ^ Montgomery, David (October 22, 2010). "Noem cruises past Herseth Sandlin in campaign funding in U.S. House race". Rapid City Journal.
- ^ a b "Campaign cash: South Dakota's 1st congressional district". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- Sparks fly in first U.S. House debate (video), Jonathan Ellis, Argus Leader, August 12, 2010, includes full video (1:29:40) at the Sioux Empire Fair (1st debate)
- Kristi Noem says no to school vouchers, Jonathan Ellis, Argus Leader, August 14, 2010, at the Sioux Empire Fair (2nd debate)
- Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Kristi Noem debate health care legislation, Megan Luther, Argus Leader, August 18, 2010, includes full video (1:15:31) at Dakotafest (3rd debate)