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  •  Before anyone writes off the SD Senate seat (1+ / 0-)
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    because the only Democrat who could win was Herseth Sandlin, let's take a closer look.  Weiland is well known in Democratic circles in the state, and respected.

    Although he lost two elections over a decade ago, he has experience dating back to his college years in Daschle's successful campaigns. And in the decade since his own runs for office, a lot of ground has shifted. It's now likely that a candidate does not have to oppose marriage equality for example, like Herseth Sandlin did, to get elected. (Not that it worked out that well for her anyway)

    if you look at her record, on the issues, her conservatism shines through. On most of the big issues that came before Congress while she was in the House, she was with the Republicans, including on health care reform, on extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000, on climate change, on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, on tax breaks for Wall Street and Big Oil. Now you might argue that SD is a conservative state, but SD’s Democratic Senator Tim Johnson was with the Democrats on all of those issues
    I saw a private survey recently of SD Democrats likely to vote in a primary, and they are not Herseth Sandlin conservatives. They have a 69% favorable opinion of Obamacare; 80% opposed extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy; 64% opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage; 86% oppose tax breaks for oil companies; 65% favor climate change legislation.
    This is according to Kossack Michael Lux who also happens to be the co-founder of Democracy Partners, who has just been hired by Weiland as mentioned above in this diary.

    Weiland has been out of the public eye but it won't take much for him to get back in.  He is an experienced campaigner, fund-raiser and he knows how to GOTV. And whichever flawed Republican candidate - Rounds, Noem, Stace Nelson or Napoli, he faces, he will be able to make a better case to those important independent voters in the state, who with the voters on the reservations will be major deciders for this race.

    Never separate the life you live from the words you speak - Paul Wellstone

    by meralda on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:19:48 AM PDT

    •  I'm not writing this race off (2+ / 0-)
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      In fact, I really don't see how the GOP can win it.  They're credibility is so far in the tank and down the toilet, I think as long as Weiland actually campaigns, I don't see what the whole fuss is about.

      Heidi Heitkamp won last November and in North Dakota.  South Dakota from what I understand isn't that much different and given how much the GOP continues to shoot itself in the foot (especially with the gun control issue), I think Democrats can win reclaim this seat if they realize:

      1)  This is May 2013, not October 2014.  Still early in the race.

      2)  Weiland hasn't done much campaigning as of yet

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