Since I’ve taken quite an interesting this election I thought it would be good to see how close my votes were to the actual results. I am using the Secretary of State Election Results Page to grade myself on this.
For this race I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson. However being realistic I really thought Mitt Romney would win. And yes, South Dakota gave its few electoral votes to Romney. Obama winning should wake up the Republican party. Maybe running someone against Obama that has almost the exact same policies was a bad idea!
United States Representative:
Kristi Noem (R) – 57.45% | Matt Varilek (D) – 42.55%
For this race I voted for Democrat Matt Varilek. Even though I disagree with his stances I just couldn’t vote for Noem, she is almost the perfect example of someone who shouldn’t be in politics. However, having said that I thought Noem would win all along. She has the R behind her name, she has the ‘hot farm-wife’ thing going on, and she has had a LOT of facetime with South Dakotan’s the last two years (instead of doing things like doing her job). I really am surprised the race was not closer though. I figured Noem would win by 51% to 49%. Oh well, hopefully someone does better in a couple of years.
Public Utilities Commissioner:
Kristie Fiegen (R) – 53.92% | Matt McGovern (D) – 40.41% | Russel Clarke (L) – 5.67%
I voted for Russel Clarke, as a support for a fellow Libertarian. However I thought the race would be tight between Fiegen and McGovern. All I can think is the attack against McGovern for changing his name worked. Or Fiegen having the R had more impact in this race than I thought it would.
Chris Nelson (R) – 67.03% | Nick Nemec (D) – 32.97%
This second PUC race was no surprise. Actually I thought Chris Nelson would get over 75% of the votes.
Referred Law 14 – Large Project Development Fund: NO 57.63%
I voted no on this and am not surprised it lost. Giving the governor’s office free reign to corporate welfare to hand out is just bad policy.
Referred Law 16 – Random Misguided Education Changes: NO 67.23%
I voted no and have been against this RL since I first read it. It is so random that it just had to fail.
Initiated Measure 15 – 1% Sales Tax Increase: NO 56.72%
I voted no and have been opposed to the large tax increase this represents. However I am surprised it was not a more overwhelming vote for no.
Constitutional Amendment M – Update Constitutional Language for Corporations: NO 70.40%
No surprise this lost. I voted no because there was no ‘con’ was published and the language of this question was too vague for the average person to care about.
Constitutional Amendment N – Remove Travel Reimbursement Restrictions: NO 63.17%
I voted no because SoS Gant didn’t provide a con. However it probably lost because few understood what this issue is about. I seen someone say (maybe tweet) last night that next time they should change the language to “Have the legislatures get travel reimbursed the same way any government employee does”. That would probably have passed.
Constitutional Amendment O – Distributions from Cement Plant Trust Fund: YES 56..77%
I voted no because no con was provided by SoS Gant. However it is not surprising this won. At its face value this may be a good amendment.
Constitutional Amendment P – Balanced Budget: YES 64.60%
I voted no because no con was provided by SoS Gant. I knew this would win based purely upon its name. My only question, now that it has won will a legislature that was opposed to this and fought to get a con provided legally challenge this?
Supreme Court Retention – Justice Glen A. Severson: YES – 80.18%
I voted against him because of the South Dakota Supreme Court refusing to hear an important Hutterite case based on freedom of religion. However since most people don’t care about this type of ballot issue I figured it would pass with no problem.
Overall I’ll give myself a C for calling this election. I called a lot of the ballot issues, but honestly those were easy to call. The part that surprised me was the legislative and other politician votes: I really underestimated just how RED South Dakota is. I think in other states candidates such as Varelik would have been a contender.