Tuesday, August 2nd marks the deadline for candidates to file papers with the Secretary of State to withdraw from the state legislative races. And as has typically happened in elections past, we’re watching the numbers rack up from the Democrat side of the aisle, as they have a tendency to stuff the ballot with people who never had any intention of running but they wanted someone in there in case they could find someone good.
Who has pulled out so far?
|4||Fred Deutsch – House||R||Replaced by John Mills|
|5||Alanna Silvis – House||D||No Replacement yet|
|5||David G. Johnson – Senate||D||No Replacement yet|
|9||Holly Boltjes – Senate||D||3rd time as placeholder! No Replacement yet.|
|11||Mary Claus – House||D||No Replacement yet|
|12||Betsy Lang – House||D||No Replacement yet|
|13||Steve Westra – House||R||No Replacement yet|
|14||Tony Pier – House||D||Replaced by JR LaPlante|
|18||Matt Stone – Senate||I||No Replacement.|
|19||Ardon Wek – House||D||No Replacement yet|
|22||Chuck Groth – Senate||D||No Replacement yet|
|33||Stephen Eckrich* – House||R||Withdrew before primary, so we’re not counting him.|
On the GOP Side, we have two, Deutsch and Westra who have withdrawn due to business reasons (as I’ve heard), one of whom (Deutsch) has already been replaced with an outstanding candidate, John Mills, and the other who will have a replacement in short order.
Probably the biggest disappointment for Republicans is the withdrawal of Matt Stone as an Independent candidate for State Senate in Yankton. Matt was a pretty good GOP candidate, and ran a great race two years ago, and many think Stone would have been extremely competitive against Craig Kennedy in Yankton, instead of the uphill battle he fought against Bernie Hunhoff 2 years ago.
No word why he pulled out this time, but that action gave the race to Kennedy, marking it as an unexpected win in the D column.
(Update. I’m told he had a job opportunity that required he move out of the District. Too bad, as Matt was a good candidate.)
Speaking of the D Column, as of this weekend we have 8 placeholder dems who have withdrawn, with one of them having been replaced by what they’re terming as a “good” candidate, now that they found someone to run in their stead. But the bigger question is how many, and who will join their ranks of the displaced as the candidates scurry to GET OUT this weekend.
We should anticipate several more coming off the ballot, as word is there’s the typical number of placeholders this year. With a ticket led by Hillary, Jay Williams, and Paula Hawks, there should be little wonder why their candidates are dropping like the proverbial flies. There’s no excitement, and the down ticket races see what’s coming their way – a malaise of substandard candidates who don’t inspire anyone.
In 2014, there were 14 placeholders on the Democrat side of the ticket that had to be replaced, and it looks like they might be on pace to meet that benchmark.
Stay tuned – they’re only going to continue to drop like flies.