There’s more national focus on the South Dakota House race between Rep. Stephanie Herseth, the Democratic incumbent, and state Rep. Kristi Noem, her Republican challenger.
This piece by Stuart Rothenberg of the CG-Roll Call Group, the corporate head of publications including the venerated Congressional Quarterly and the political newspaper Roll Call, looks at three Democrats who may struggle to win re-election in November. Herseth Sandlin is one of them.
The race, with the unique angle of two women running against each other, will assuredly continue to gain attention from outside our borders. Part of the reason is because it’s viewed as "the ‘hottest’ race of the year," Rothenberg writes while admitting the politically incorrect nature of such a comment.
I don’t remember anyone commenting on George McGovern and Jim Abdnor’s wholesome looks and South Dakota-ish wardrobes in their 1980 Senate race. In case you don’t remember that one, the three-term Democratic incumbent, McGovern. was unseated by the Republican challenger Abdnor in a year marked by a tidal wave of GOP success.
Here’s Rothenberg’s column: www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm