STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Tim Johnson's advice: Stay in the middle
Sen. Tim Johnson said he isn't in the business of helping the Republican Party, but he did offer a few thoughts about its tough Election Night, nationally that is.
The problem with the Republicans wa... Posted on 11/20/12 at 6:17 PM
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Republican Rep. Kristi Noem and Democratic challenger Matt Varilek planned to vote early Tuesday before making last-minute campaign pushes in their hard-fought race for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat.
Initiated Measure 15 is losing support among likely South Dakota voters, according to a poll released the day before the election. In addition, Rep. Kristi Noem widened her lead, and the Public Utilities Commission race between incumbent Kristie Fiegen and Matt McGovern tightened.
This has become a nasty campaign, and honestly, we care very little about claims that Noem seemingly toys with her cellphone during committee meetings or that Varilek has hosted parties that revolve around corndogs and alcohol.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's middle class — and who best understands their plight and is best equipped to address their hopes and fears — was front and center Thursday during a spirited debate between candidates for the state's lone U.S. House seat.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Republican Rep. Kristi Noem tried to paint Democratic challenger Matt Varilek as a dedicated follower of President Barack Obama, while Varilek accused her of being ineffective and missing meetings during a brisk Friday debate in which they often ignored the moderator.
The most recent Nielson Brothers Polling survey of likely South Dakota voters shows Republican Rep. Kristi Noem leading Democratic challenger Matt Varilek by 5.7 percentage points (49.3 to 43.6 percent) with 7.1 percent undecided.
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