2016 South Dakota Democratic primary

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South Dakota Democratic primary, 2016

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Candidate Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders
Home state New York Vermont
Delegate count 10 10
Popular vote 27,047[1] 25,959
Percentage 51.03% 48.97%

South Dakota Democratic Presidential Primary Election Results by County, 2016.svg
Election results by county.
  Hillary Clinton
  Bernie Sanders
  Tie

The 2016 South Dakota Democratic primary was held on June 7 in the U.S. state of South Dakota as one of the Democratic Party's primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The Democratic Party's primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey and New Mexico are scheduled to be held the same day, as are Republican primaries in the same five states, including their own South Dakota primary. Additionally, the Democratic Party holds North Dakota caucuses the same day.

Opinion polling[edit]

Poll source Date 1st 2nd Others / Undecided
Official Primary results June 7, 2016 Hillary Clinton
51.0%
Bernie Sanders
49.0%
Targeted Persuasion[2]

Margin of error: ±3.31%
Sample size: 874

May 23-24, 2016 Hillary Clinton
50%
Bernie Sanders
47%
Undecided
3%

Results[edit]

South Dakota Democratic primary, June 7, 2016
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Hillary Clinton 27,047 51.03% 10 2 12
Bernie Sanders 25,959 48.97% 10 0 10
Uncommitted N/A 0 3 3
Total 53,006 100% 20 5 25
Source: The Green Papers, South Dakota Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Results by county[edit]

County Clinton Votes Sanders Votes
Aurora 53.19% 150 46.81% 132
Beadle 57.32% 501 42.68% 373
Bennett 43.79% 74 56.21% 95
Bon Homme 53.32% 225 46.68% 197
Brookings 51.45% 955 48.55% 901
Brown 54.61% 1,369 45.39% 1,138
Brule 45.39% 182 54.61% 219
Buffalo 60.77% 110 39.23% 71
Butte 37.03% 167 62.97% 284
Campbell 43.48% 20 56.52% 26
Charles Mix 51.40% 293 48.60% 277
Clark 56.57% 112 43.43% 86
Clay 50.57% 623 49.43% 609
Codington 56.21% 828 43.79% 645
Corson 43.73% 115 56.27% 148
Custer 47.02% 245 52.98% 276
Davison 55.19% 542 44.81% 440
Day 62.82% 343 37.18% 203
Deuel 59.34% 162 40.66% 111
Dewey 34.61% 181 65.39% 342
Douglas 56.47% 48 43.53% 37
Edmunds 52.31% 170 47.69% 155
Fall River 40.51% 207 59.49% 304
Faulk 52.44% 86 47.56% 78
Grant 55.76% 528 44.24% 419
Gregory 52.19% 179 47.81% 164
Haakon 30.26% 23 69.74% 53
Hamlin 59.15% 181 40.85% 125
Hand 51.72% 105 48.28% 98
Hanson 53.89% 97 46.11% 83
Harding 25.93% 14 74.07% 40
Hughes 51.92% 528 48.08% 489
Hutchinson 54.71% 151 45.29% 125
Hyde 60.61% 40 39.39% 26
Jackson 46.09% 59 53.91% 69
Jerauld 59.63% 96 40.37% 65
Jones 39.22% 20 60.78% 31
Kingsbury 55.07% 201 44.93% 164
Lake 51.49% 484 48.51% 456
Lawrence 42.83% 705 57.17% 941
Lincoln 55.49% 1,436 44.51% 1,152
Lyman 50.00% 115 50.00% 115
Marshall 62.94% 287 37.06% 169
McCook 61.85% 214 38.15% 132
McPherson 50.54% 47 49.46% 46
Meade 43.27% 530 56.73% 695
Mellette 39.68% 50 60.32% 76
Miner 56.48% 109 43.52% 84
Minnehaha 53.22% 6,018 46.78% 5,290
Moody 55.86% 262 44.14% 207
Oglala Lakota 42.54% 425 57.46% 574
Pennington 45.85% 3,384 54.15% 3,996
Perkins 31.62% 43 68.38% 93
Potter 52.21% 59 47.79% 54
Roberts 49.68% 392 50.32% 397
Sanborn 59.46% 66 40.54% 45
Spink 58.47% 283 41.53% 201
Stanley 48.22% 95 51.78% 102
Sully 42.05% 37 57.95% 51
Todd 43.78% 408 56.22% 524
Tripp 48.06% 136 51.94% 147
Turner 56.59% 232 43.41% 178
Union 55.39% 380 44.61% 306
Walworth 51.05% 121 48.95% 116
Yankton 54.90% 706 45.10% 580
Ziebach 41.07% 92 58.93% 132
Total 51.03% 27,047 48.97% 25,959

Source:[3]

Analysis[edit]

South Dakota, a predominantly white and rural state in the Great Plains with a significant Native American population, was split near evenly between Clinton and Sanders in terms of geography and delegate count. Secretary Clinton carried the eastern portion of the state, with the exception of Roberts County in the northeast corner. She edged out Sanders in Minnehaha County, the most populated county and home to Sioux Falls. Lincoln County (Canton), Brown County (Aberdeen), Brookings County (Brookings), Codington County, (Watertown), Yankton County (Yankton, South Dakota), Davison County (Mitchell), and Hughes County (home to the state capital Pierre), all gave Clinton substantial margins that were enough for her to carry one of the most Republican states in the country.

Senator Bernie Sanders kept the race close by winning the western portion, which is far more rural than the eastern half and tends to vote more Republican in presidential elections. The most populated county in the region and second most populous in the state, Pennington County, home to Rapid City, gave Sanders an 8.3% margin over Clinton. Sanders also carried the counties of Oglala Lakota, Jackson, and Bennett, which are part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. These counties are among the most poverty stricken in the United States (as Sanders tends to do well among voters with low incomes), with the census-designated place of Allen in Bennett County being considered the poorest municipality in the entire country. Sanders also carried several other Native American reservations including neighboring Rosebud Indian Reservation to the east, the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation to the north, and its neighbor Standing Rock Indian Reservation, part of which stretches into North Dakota.

Sanders had visited the Pine Ridge reservation in May, where he spoke to residents and was warmly welcomed by Native American tribal leaders, talking about the need to improve health care and education on reservations and maintain tribal sovereignty. Other issues brought up by Sanders including the Keystone Pipeline and fracking, which many Native Americans had expressed opposition towards. Another likely reason for the large amount of Native American support for Sanders was towards a controversial comment Secretary Clinton made in April after Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee where she stated, "I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak." The remarks were considered offensive by many people, and likely benefitted Sanders (though Clinton appeared to do well among Native Americans in New Mexico the same day).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Dakota Secretary of State - Official Primary Results Archived 2016-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Hillary Clinton Leads Sanders By 3 in South Dakota on Strength with Women and Registered Democrats" (PDF). Targeted Persuasion. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  3. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  4. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-native-americans/story?id=39142159