There was a lot of protest voting going on. Daugaard votes for Kasich


From the Argus Leader, it sounds as if the Governor, like many others, was a protest vote for “not Donald Trump” in the recent GOP Primary election earlier this month.

South Dakota’s Republican governor didn’t mark his ballot for the party’s presumptive nominee in this month’s South Dakota GOP primary.

“I voted for John Kasich,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard told reporters Tuesday in Sioux Falls.

Read it here.

Governor, you were in good company. Trust me. With 10,659 others.

28 Replies to “There was a lot of protest voting going on. Daugaard votes for Kasich”

  1. Springer

    So does this mean that Daugaard will try to get his influence to get the SD delegates to vote their “conscience” at the national convention? He has a right to vote for whoever he wants in the privacy of a voting booth.

    Personally I am very afraid that I had better get ready for a Hillary presidency, a left-leaning Supreme Court, attacks on our gun rights and freedom of religion; and in a huge part because the GOP refuses to get behind the nominee that the voters have chosen. Hey, we got behind the nominee that the establishment GOP picked the last two times around; this party had better come together and get behind our nominee this time around. It can’t go any worse than it did the last two elections with McCain and Romney as their picks.

      1. Springer

        Yes they are. But some are wanting delegates to have the option to vote their conscience, and I hope that no one in our SD delegation gets that permission. I was upset when Herseth didn’t vote as our state did when she was a delegate, and I’m not even Democrat! The delegates are supposed to represent us, the voters, and they had better do that.

  2. Anonymous

    Daugaard campaigned as a conservative like Cruz. He has governed as a moderate like Kasich. I hope that South Dakotans do not fall for the same bait and switch in 2018.

    1. Anon

      Trump campaigned as a conservative. He has lived as a democrat like Clinton. I hope that conservative South Dakotans recognize how screwed we are in 2016.

  3. Pat Powers Post author

    I think the only thing it’s indicative of is that Trump’s words and deeds did not earn Governor Daugaard’s vote. I didn’t vote for Trump in the primary either.

    Since the primary, I haven’t heard him make any statements against the presumptive nominee, nor make any statement to try to dissuade people.

    1. Anonymous

      I think it’s indicative of Daugaard’s moderate, rather than conservative, beliefs. He had a true conservative to vote for-Cruz.

  4. jimmy james

    Perhaps this is one of those times when the choice of Vice President could make a significant difference in both the election and (potentially) governing. Most people have noticed that Trump does not get into the details of any subject so his VP will likely have a great impact on most of his decisions. He/she may really be the de facto President.

    Rubio, according to one poll, gave Trump the biggest electoral boost among undecideds. He is conservative, bright, young, hispanic and from Florida. And he could be the person best suited to win over the NeverTrumpers.

    Donald is unlikely to win my vote even in November because I think he is way too unstable for the most consequential job in all of human history. But I do believe he has better odds of winning with a VP that is knowledgeable and steady.

  5. Spencer

    Trump was my 17th pick of the 17 major candidates running in the GOP primary for president; yet, I am not going to do anything to undermine his candidacy and will vote for him. Trump can win this election whenever he decides to get it together. The polls are very close. Hillary is incredibly weak and continues to be. Additionally, the senate is looking a lot better now that it did a couple of months ago. It would be a shame to miss out on an opportunity like this for judicial appointments. I fear for our country’s solvency and survival if a Leftist court thinks they have the mandate to destroy America. The Left gets its way solely through the rule of law through judicial abuse. One has to wonder exactly how long that abuse can possibly last. Eventually the people will choose to no longer comply with a corrupt judiciary.

  6. jimmy james

    What does Trump really believe? I think his true core beliefs, in as much as he has them, are generally moderate.

    I believe he would raise taxes and support some form of national healthcare for the uninsured. My gut tells me that he is actually pro-choice just as he said before he was inclined to run for President but he would be reluctantly pro-life when necessary. He is probably for gay rights. He would try to increase the power of the Presidency over the judiciary and the legislative bodies. His foreign policy would be based on his personal relationships with leaders rather than core beliefs. He might build more walls at the border but his actions would not match his rhetoric. He would be willing to kill the families of enemy combatants just as he says. His relationships with women and minorities would probably improve because they cannot get much worse.

    I don’t vote for candidates based solely on what they say. I base my support also on what I feel is their real agenda and their fitness for office. Anyway… that is what I think he really believes.

      1. jimmy james

        My other choices are third party, Hillary or write-in. None of which make me fear for the world’s safety to the extent that Trump does. I don’t care if he is calling himself a Republican this year.

        Obviously Clinton presents her own problems.

        1. Springer

          I fear for America’s continuing as a free country if Hillary gets elected. And that is a much greater fear than anything you can say about Trump.

          1. jimmy james

            She’s been President before and she didn’t get us all killed. That being said, I understand your fears of her.

            But Trump does not think before he speaks or acts. That is someone I would not put in charge of 4700 nukes.

            1. Springer

              By fear I don’t mean getting us killed (and I love your comment that she was president before – probably more true than not!). I mean instituting more rules and regs, confiscation of guns (and her daughter even said this), less freedom of religion in the name of “tolerance,” higher taxes, less autonomy on the world stage vs more “globalism” and living under the UN world rules. And that is what I fear.

            2. Anonymous

              When was she President? She (sometimes) slept with the President while he wasn’t sleeping with someone else. She was Secretary of State and a carpet bagger in New York, but she isn’t covered in glory from those exploits.

              I don’t think that Trump would, on a whim, push the button, and I don’t think Hillary would defend the country either.

              It’s not a good year to be an American voter.

  7. Pancho

    If there was any doubts that Daugaard is a big govt loving moderate? Erased with this admission.

    Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t admit to voting for Sander’s or Clinton.

    1. jimmy james

      Earth to Pancho. Daugaard is a “big govt loving moderate”? Come on.

      You aren’t listening to talk radio at 3:00 a.m., are you?

      Daugaard is probably in the top two or three percent of Americans on the conservative scale. And, just so you know, Kasich is the guy who really did balance the budget and was a real conservative in Congress for years. That’s the truth. Trump is only recently pretending to be a conservative and doing a pretty poor job of it.

  8. David Bergan

    Trump will turn out to be like Jesse Ventura. He’ll win, find out the job isn’t as fun as running one’s own business (he can’t fire the Senate, etc.), and embarrass us for 4 years.

    Kind regards,

    1. Springer

      I think I’d rather be embarrassed for four years than living under a quasi dictatorship for four years like we have the last four.

  9. anon

    First, if the delegates unbind themselves it’s not going against the peoples will. Trump only received 44% of primary votes despite running unopposed the last 1/3 of the slate. A majority of voters want someone else.

    Second, it’s not my responsibility to vote for a candidate because he/she is somehow perceived as “less bad”. It’s the candidates duty to earn my vote with word and deed. Trump hasn’t done that.

    1. Anon

      What, saying increasingly unhinged garbage while putting forth almost zero actual policy proposals doesn’t resonate with you? FOR SHAME.

    2. Anonymous

      and Cruz got about half as many votes as Trump as the 2nd place finisher….So roughly 78% are against him using your logic.

      we have a process for a reason… like it or not, Trump won.

  10. Troy Jones

    I’m with Springer. No matter how goofy some of Trump’s rhetoric, counter-productive his policies are, etc. they don’t add up to one of these:

    1) Worrying more about spinning the death of American citizens in Benghazi and coming up with a cockamamy video distraction than just coming to their defense. The Gowdy Report is devastating.

    2) Making a decision to circumvent the Freedom of Information laws and diverting all official correspondence to a private email account and spinning it in the name of “convenience” (which is in itself a crazy excuse).

    3) Making a decision to use insecure communication vehicles (private email) for highly classified correspondence.

    4) Choosing substandard private communication vehicles for official correspondence instead of not only the State Department secure vehicle but not even paying for the best private internet security.

    5) Allowing foreign interests to make almost $50 million in one-time contributions to the Clinton Foundation 90 days in front of or 90 days after she used her official position to make favorable decisions for these foreign interests.