Two new political parties in SD

The Americans Elect and Constitutional Party are now able to field candidates for statewide office in SD.

Gant said his approval of their petitions allows candidates for federal, state, legislative and county offices to run as recognized members of either the Americans Elect Party or the Constitution Party of South Dakota in 2012 and 2014.

?The Americans Elect Party?s petition contained roughly 15,500 signatures while the Constitution Party?s petition contained about 8,875, and 7,928 signatures are required by law to organize a new political party in South Dakota,? Gant said…

You have to be amused with people who will work this hard to collect that many signatures for a cause that is not likely to succeed – unless their entire intent is to play spoiler. And I’ve often wondered if that is enough for third party tickets. I can’t forget Kurt Evans’ Libertarian run for US Senate in 2002 that took needed votes away from John Thune when he ran against Tim Johnson. Evans received over 3,000 votes in a race Thune lost by 524 votes. Or how about B. Thomas Marking from 2010 siphoning off nearly 6% of all votes cast. Despite varying opinions on which candidate Marking hurt the most, I’ve always held the belief that he likely did more damage to Herseth Sandlin than Noem.

So who are the cream of crop candidates that make up the front runners for these party nominations? Will it be disenfranchised Tea Partiers or Ron Paul supporters? Maybe a disilusioned liberal for Americans Elect?

16 Replies to “Two new political parties in SD”

  1. LK

    When you contend that one has “to be amused with people who will work this hard to collect that many signatures for a cause that is not likely to succeed – unless their entire intent is to play spoiler,” you seem to be implying that there are real contests for most offices in South Dakota. That implication is amusing.

    The contests you cite are aberrations. Republican incumbents have a better chance of being elected than members of the old USSR’s Politburo.

    I welcome 3rd, 4th, and 5th parties to the state. If I don’t want to vote for a Republican who more than likely will win, I would like options to cast my protest vote. Leaving the line blank or staying at home does seem to waste a right that many sacrificed to maintain.

  2. insomniac

    Name one time a candidate other than a Republican or Democrat has one a statewide election in SD. You probably can’t and if you could it was so long ago it isn’t relavent any more.

    A thrid parties candidacy is always rooted in protest rather than victory. Occassionally a GOP or Dem can be a protest candidate and win or maybe even an inie but that is about all. Not in SD Either unless SHS wanted to give it a go and then she might be able to.

    1. Les

      I would guess, given enough time, this too could change.

      I agree wholeheartedly with LK, that amount of effort hardly amuses me, but gives me hope the voters won’t always feel they need to be on the winning team but rather the right team!

  3. Charlie Hoffman

    Which takes me back to Doc Tedrow’s great political statement; (you listening Doc?)” I want to start the party of Common Sense, only I get to decide who joins!”

      1. Charlie Hoffman

        Les I personally love rule No. 5; ” I have the lowest IQ of everyone attending this meeting, and we will have a great meeting until someone tries going lower!”

        1. Les

          Great smile Charlie. I’m sitting in Billings with my 3 year old grand daughter enjoying our great little miracle of life.

          All the problems of the world stand still for a moment. We are blessed.

  4. Anonymous

    Some people waste their time circulating petitions for causes like this. If all 309 members of the constitutional party.registered republican and became a precinct committeeman or woman and attended the gop conventions they would have a greater impact. Ron Paul supporters waste their time also. Just like Ralph Nader folks.

    1. insomniac


      Everyone who really wanted to make a difference in DC voted for Noem. Others were upset or didn’t like either. They voted for Marking. Marking didn’t offer any real alternative to the others accept for NOT being either of the two ladies.

      I would have a hard time believing Marking didn’t help Noem win.

      1. cornerstone

        Read your article Cory. Didn’t explain much to me. I have always held the belief Marking took 4% from SHS and 2% from Noem. Just because Marking wants to be the typical indie with far reaching support in both parties doesn’t mean he did.

        The guy was not a fan of the health care bill but he wasn’t in favor of repealing.

        That one issue was what propelled Noem to victory. SHS voted against it. Marking was against repeal so how exactly did he take from Noem? Issue wise he was closer to being a Dem than and R if you ask me.

  5. Anonymous

    One of these two new parties is going to cost someone the Senate race in ’14. Especially if it’s a conservative or libertarian candidate. I don’t worry about ’12 because Noem has that locked up but if we have a 50/50 senate or house race again one of the lesser parties will steal away enough votes to cost someone the election.

  6. Anonymous

    I think what should concern the two major parties is why there was such an effort to organize these parties. All the democrats running as republicans might have something to do with the blurring of the lines and fomenting the formation of third parties. Too bad!

  7. Ron Paul

    Ron Paul Wins in Iowa and Minnesota, Romney in a Panic
    By Doug Wead

    Ron Paul supporters surged to victory in yesterday?s Minnesota and Iowa district conventions, dominating the process and picking up more delegates to the Republican National Convention. As reported last week, a number of Romney Hawks are now deeply concerned that Ron Paul has already laid the groundwork for similar success in six more caucus states. Yesterday?s results will only increase their influence inside the Romney camp.

    Romney advisers are concerned that the rising total of Ron Paul delegates will lead to an unmanageable RNC. Some observers felt that the 1992 convention hurt an incumbent president George H. W. Bush and was a factor in his loss to Bill Clinton.

    In most states, victories at the district conventions decide who will move onto the state conventions where most of the delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa will be selected.

    The rules in Minnesota are slightly different and some of those final delegates were actually selected at scattered district conventions yesterday. Reports from our own Marianne Stebbins in Minnesota show that Ron Paul now has 20 out of the 24 delegates already chosen to represent the state at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the campaign is poised to do just as good at the upcoming state convention, May 18-19, when the final 13 will be chosen.

    In Iowa, Jennifer Jacobs, a reporter for the Des Moines Resister, broke into open what had been our little secret, namely, the takeover of the GOP in Iowa. ?A rising tide of Republicans who share Ron Paul?s philosophy of limited government are flooding into GOP party roles in Iowa,? Jennifer wrote, reporting on yesterdays Iowa district conventions.

    Actually, it is a phenomenon seen all across the country. It is viewed by many political observers as the biggest transformation of the Republican Party since 1988, when evangelical Christians joined the process and dominated state positions for a whole generation.

    While the Iowa Ron Paul campaign is keeping its cards close to the vest, we all got a sneak peak from an the Des Moines Register story which reported that six of the new Iowa GOP state central committee members elected Saturday have publicly expressed support for Ron Paul. Joes Kurtinitis, Kris Thiessen, Dave Cushman, Jeff Shipley, John Kabitzke and Marcus Fedler. ?Two more,? Jennifer Jacobs reports, ?have close ties.? The new state chairman is also a Ron Paul supporter, who served as a co-chairman for the congressman?s Iowa state organization.

    The Iowa state GOP convention is set for Jun 16, 2012.

    Meanwhile, the sleepy New York Times has posted for five months and still posts, even today, that the total delegate count for Ron Paul in Iowa is one. They say that the total delegate count for Ron Paul in Minnesota is nine. In fact, Ron Paul supporters will now dominate both state conventions. And the same trend is ongoing in states across the country.


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