Are Democrats in danger of leaving one or both offices at the top of the ticket blank in 2020? Because as the clock is ticking down, it’s not looking good.
I was reading a comment thread on a friend’s facebook post today after he posed the existential question “Does anyone know who is running for Senate for the SD Dems in 2020?” This person (a former Democrat candidate for office himself) had responses from Democrat insiders and activists ..and the ultimate answer was that there is no one running for US Senate on the Democrat side of the aisle, raising the specter of past their past performances in 2010 or 2016.
In the Congressional race, no one has expressed any interest on running on behalf of South Dakota Democrats, except for Ellee Spawn. And you know how that one looks. Arguably offering the worst candidacy that South Dakota has ever seen, Spawn has gone from starting a campaign, to going silent on social media as well as taking her campaign website offline.
If we’re to take this as a signal of her intentions, Spawn will not be running for anything, leaving the Congressional race as wide open for Democrats as the US Senate race is, with the clock quickly ticking down for an effective campaign for either office to be mounted.
When current Democrat Party chair Paula Hawks contemplated a run for Congress in 2015, Hawks was mentioning to the press she was looking at running as early as May of 2015. When Tim Bjorkman announced for Congress, he wasn’t far behind her, announcing in July the year before the election in 2017. If the only glimmer of a candidacy that South Dakota Democrats have is the Ellee Spawn dumpster fire that’s already shut down, it appears they may be done before they’re started.
There appears to be a real possibility that Democrats could give Republicans two open seats at the top of the ticket. Or at the least, leaving them in the unenviable position where they’re forced to dig up an unprepared or incompetent candidate as they did with Jay Williams in 2016.
The countdown is dangerously close for South Dakota Democrats to come up with marquee candidates to head their ticket in the next election. And it could set the stage for how their candidates perform the rest of the way down the ticket.