As South Dakota's four-way U.S. Senate race has nabbed most of the attention in the 2014 election cycle, the two candidates for the U.S. House have quietly gone about their campaigns in very different ways. Two-term incumbent Rep. Kristi Noem, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson, have almost run tandem campaigns rather than engaging in political battle. Recent polls show Noem with a comfortable lead of in the 20-point range, looking to give the congresswoman her first win without breaking a sweat.
South Dakota's three candidates for governor in 2014 have either enjoyed or endured campaigning mostly out of the limelight as the fluid U.S. Senate contest has grabbed national headlines. One candidate said voters should be sure to pay attention to who is running for governor, because that race matters more to South Dakotans in their everyday lives. "The decisions made in Pierre are so much more important to our day-to-day lives than the decisions made in D.C.," said Democratic candidate Susan Wismer.