Dana Ferguson reports that sixteen of South Dakota’s twenty Democratic legislators issued a statement yesterday endorsing Hillary Clinton for President.
Not joining in this endorsement are Democrats Rep. Patrick Kirschman of Sioux Falls, Rep. Ray Ring of Vermillion, Senator Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton, and Senator Troy Heinert of Mission. Senator Heinert gave a show-stealing speech at the Bernie Sanders rally in Rapid City May 12. Senator Hunhoff introduced his fellow Bernie at the Sioux Falls Sanders rally the same day. No easy intel Googles up indicating whether Reps. Ring or Kirschman have thrown in with either Presidential candidate.
Rep. Kirschman may be too busy fighting his own District 15 primary to throw in with other campaigns. No other incumbent Democrat has a primary race of his or her own.
Among Clinton’s legislative endorsers—Sens. Jim Bradford, Angie Buhl O’Donnell, Jason Frerichs, Scott Parsley, Jim Peterson and Billie Sutton and Reps. Julie Bartling, Shawn Bordeaux, Dennis Feickert, Peggy Gibson, Paula Hawks, Spencer Hawley, Kevin Killer, Steven McCleerey, Karen Soli and Dean Schrempp—Rep. Hawks is stepping away from the Legislature to contend for Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s seat. Hawks’s ticketmate Jay Williams is a Sanders man.