From Congressionally focused website/newspaper “the Hill” today, they’re counting South Dakota as a safe seat for Kristi Noem.
If you’re her Democratic challenger, Matt Varilek, the first uphill battle will be to get people to recognize that he is running against her as the Democratic nominee, and not Bert Tollefson, a nice man who has been dead for a couple of years.
Yes, Varilek is losing the name ID battle to a Republican corpse. Which shouldn’t be surprising. But don’t just take the Hill’s word for it – check out opensecrets.org:
Clearly, Bert has some financial resources that Varilek will have to be able to challenge to meet Noem in November. (Maybe the Democrats can hold a fake primary to clear the field first.)
Given that Bert was always a loyal Republican in life, it’s good to see that he’s doing what he can to help the Republican candidate from the great beyond!
*Update* – Suggestion I was just given. If Varilek wants to improve his name id, maybe he could change his name from the one given to him at birth to McGovern?