The Political Climate in Gem, SD is Moderately conservative.
Brown County, SD is Somewhat conservative. In Brown County, SD 33.8% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 59.7% voted Republican, and the remaining 6.5% voted Independent.
Brown county voted Republican in four of the last five Presidential elections, voting Democratic in 2008.
In the last Presidential election, Brown county remained strongly Republican, 59.7% to 33.8%
The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Gem, SD is Moderately conservative
Brown County, South Dakota is Somewhat conservative.
Aberdeen Metro Area is Somewhat conservative.
South Dakota is Very conservative.
The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
Displaying 16 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.
Gem, South Dakota: R R d r R
How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican candidate won, D for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The five elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) would be expressed as five-letter word (R R D R R).
Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.
Here’s the VoteWord for Iowa – d r d d r. In the last five elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican candidate in 2016 after voting Democratic in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d) has voted narrowly Democratic in the last three elections.
Individual Campaign Contributions in Gem, SD
In the last 4 years (2015-2018), there were 555 contributions totaling $68,034 to Democratic and liberal campaigns, averaging $123 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 817 contributions totaling $184,510 to Republican and conservative campaigns, averaging $226 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)