Republicans for Democrats

South Dakota Democrats have long relied on Republican voters.

It’s a reality in this state, where the GOP has maintained an edge in voter numbers almost every year since statehood. The Democrats have edged in front a time or two but the Republicans then quickly catch and pass their rivals.

George McGovern, Tom Daschle, Tim Johnson and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin have all counted on GOP votes to win. This week, SHS said she had the support of some prominent Republicans, including former legislator Casey Murschel and Frank Brost, the former chief of staff of former Gov. George S. Mickelson, in her race against state Rep. Kristi Noem.

What’s interesting about that is that Mickelson  defeated Herseth Sandlin’s father, Lars Herseth, in 1986. Now, Brost is backing the daughter of his late boss’s onetime rival.

There’s more about it and more on SHS as the campaign winds down at our latest story on the race at

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Scott Heidepriem also announced some Republican support this week, unveiling an endorsement from state Sen. Stan Adelstein of Rapid City.

Stan is a unique West River Republican. He’s pro-choice and moderate to liberal on any issues. But he’s also been a friend and ally of Gov. Mike Rounds.

Some Republicans have called Adelstein a RINO — a Republican In Name Only. He faced a challenge from within the party in 2006 and lost the GOP primary to Ellie Schwiesow, a conservative party activist.

After mulling a party switch, Adelstein endorsed Democrat Tom Katus and helped him win the Senate seat. Then, in 2008, Adelstein regained the GOP nomination and won a return to the Senate in a wild three-way race between himself, Katus and Schwiesow, who ran as an independent.

Now Stan is once again backing a Democratic candidate while still offering kind words for Republican candidate Dennis Daugaard.

To read more, check out