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South Dakota Democrats could consider replacing party chair

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- South Dakota Democrats will consider rule changes this weekend that could result in ousting the party's chair. Central Committee members will vote Saturday on amending the party's constitution to shorten the terms of party off...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - South Dakota Democrats will consider rule changes this weekend that could result in ousting the party's chair.

Central Committee members will vote Saturday on amending the party's constitution to shorten the terms of party officials and to push elections from winter months following gubernatorial elections to the spring of odd-numbered years.

The proposal comes amid the latest call to unseat South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg.

Supporters of the rule change say it's needed to make the party more competitive. Opponents say it would damage consistency among Democrats' top ranks.

Tornberg tells the Argus Leader she feels she has effectively managed the party since her election in 2014, despite the outcome of last year's elections.

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Democrats have minorities in the state Legislature and don't hold any statewide offices.

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