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Politics & Voting in South Dakota

The Political Climate in South Dakota is Very conservative.

In South Dakota 31.7% of the people voted for the Democratic Party in the last presidential election, 61.5% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 6.7% voted for an Independent Party.

South Dakota voted Republican in the previous five Presidential elections.
In the last Presidential election, South Dakota remained overwhelmingly Republican, 61.5% to 31.7%


The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
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.
VoteWord™

Displaying 16 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

South Dakota, South Dakota: R R r 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 Party 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 Party candidate in 2016 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d) has voted narrowly for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.


Individual Campaign Contributions in South Dakota

In the last 4 years (2015-2018), there were 22,569 contributions totaling $2,285,213 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $101 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 14,725 contributions totaling $5,930,846 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $403 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

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    Reviews for South Dakota    14 Reviews
    Quality of Life stinks unless have monry - 1/29/2016
    South Dakota is not a place for young or old poor people. Only the rich can enjoy this state The state does not care about the poor,kids,or elderly.Fine example cut... Read More

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    Heart of America - 10/30/2013
    I've lived in South Dakota most of my life. I love this place I call home. There was a time when I hated it here, but now I can't imagine living anywhere else. Some... Read More

    Great place to live - 10/9/2011
    I am a person who has been around the world (Navy) and have lived everywhere from South Dakota to California, Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, Overseas in Naples, Spain,... Read More


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