Dem incumbent trails in South Dakota 

Rasmussen now reports a second endangered incumbent in the Dakotas: Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, D-S.D.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey, conducted two nights after the primary, finds [Republican Kristi] Noem attracting 53% of the vote, while Herseth-Sandlin earns just 41%. Just five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate or are undecided.

Amid the results for big states like California and South Carolina, the story of South Dakota’s GOP primary did not get the attention it deserved — perhaps in part because it runs against mainstream media attempts to brand conservative voters as nut-jobs. The frontrunner, Secretary of State Chris Nelson, appeared to descend into birther nuttiness as the campaign reached its final month. Although he clarified his position shortly thereafter to make clear he was not a birther (some commentators called him “birther-curious”), the damage was done.

Note how that story got much less attention on MSNBC than a birther candidate for California Secretary of State who got 26 percent of the vote, probably half of that from people who picked her at random and the other half from people who thought she was really good on television.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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