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SD Dems have no candidates for 3 races: attorney general, auditor, public lands commissioner


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — South Dakota Democrats have conceded three statewide races to Republicans in the fall.

At the party's convention last weekend in Yankton, Democrats did not nominate candidates for attorney general, state auditor or public lands commissioner. That means Republican nominees will win by default.

Northern State University political science professor Ken Blanchard tells the Argus Leader ( ) that the Democratic Party in South Dakota is weaker than it's been in some time. He says the reason is the party's inability to attract candidates.

Statewide candidates have won unopposed only seven times in South Dakota history.

Information from: Argus Leader,

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