2010 United States House of Representatives election in South Dakota

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United States House of Representatives election in South Dakota, 2010

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Nominee Kristi Noem Stephanie Herseth Sandlin B. Thomas Marking
Party Republican Democratic Nonpartisan
Popular vote 153,703 146,589 19,134
Percentage 48.1% 45.9% 6.0%

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County Results
Noem:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Herseth Sandlin:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      90–100%

U.S. Representative before election

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Elected U.S. Representative

Kristi Noem

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[edit]

  • Thad Wasson, a technician[6][7]



  • B. Thomas Marking[1]


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.[9][10] 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]


Poll source Date(s) administered Stephanie Herseth
Sandlin (D)
Noem (R)
Rasmussen Reports 2010-02-23 49% 34%
Rasmussen Reports 2010-03-25 46% 35%
Rasmussen Reports 2010-04-26 50% 35%
Rasmussen Reports 2010-05-27 46% 43%
Rasmussen Reports 2010-06-14 41% 53%
Rasmussen Reports[12] 2010-07-06 44% 49%
Rasmussen Reports[permanent dead link][13] 2010-08-03 42% 51%
Rasmussen Reports 2010-09-08 47% 45%
Rasmussen Reports 2010-10-04 44% 47%
Rasmussen Reports 2010-10-20 44% 49%

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]


South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kristi Noem '153,703' '48.12' +15.68
Democratic Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (incumbent) 146,589 45.89 -21.67
Independent B. Thomas Marking 19,134 5.99 +5.99
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Turnout 319,426


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Statewide Candidate List" (PDF). sd.gov. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  2. ^ a b "Herseth Sandlin running for reelection - The Scorecard". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Curd for Congress". www.curdforcongress.com. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Help Chris Make South Dakota Better!". Nelson For SD.
  6. ^ "Yankton Press & Dakotan > Archives > News > S.D. Legislator Considers U.S. House". Yankton.net. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  7. ^ Author, Guest (2010-01-07). "It's Official: Thad Wasson Ends Congressional Campaign, Endorses Curd". Dakotavoice.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  8. ^ "Yankton Press & Dakotan > Archives > News > Krebs Decides Against U.S. House Run". Yankton.net. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Rapid City Journal Editorial Board (2010-09-30). "Sandlin's job no laughing matter". Rapid City Journal. 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.
  12. ^ Woster, Kevin. Poll: Herseth Sandlin gains back ground, but Noem still leads in House race, Rapid City Journal, July 9, 2010.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Silver, Nate (2010-10-20). "FiveThirtyEight Forecasts South Dakota At Large District". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  15. ^ Montgomery, David (October 22, 2010). "Noem cruises past Herseth Sandlin in campaign funding in U.S. House race". Rapid City Journal.
  16. ^ a b "Campaign cash: South Dakota's 1st congressional district". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 November 2010.

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