The Daugaard appointee who couldn’t win his primary wants a recount. Senator Bill Shorma (R-16/Dakota Dunes) tells the Sioux City Journal he will formally ask the Lincoln and Union county auditors to recount the ballots from last week’s District 16 House primary and see if he really lost by 35 votes to third-time-charmed conservative Republican Kevin Jensen.
The arch-conservative Jensen distracts the voters with a lot of squawking about federal issues (“Obamacare” and “Obama-Core!”). However, he may also have played a little bit of the Burgum line in his primary upset of an Establishment favorite. He frequently reminded voters that both of his primary opponents, Shorma and Rep. David Anderson, were Daugaard appointees who were less accountable to the people:
If Bill Shorma and David Anderson both win the house seats that means 100% of your House Representation is hand picked by the Governor and essentially your vote means NOTHING!
They are hand picked by the Governor because they will likely agree with him, will introduce his bills and vote how he wants them too.
If you want to have an unencumbered voice in Pierre, I am your only choice [Kevin Jensen, Jensen for House Facebook post, 2016.03.22].
Jensen also encouraged voters to cast just one vote instead of two in this two-seat race, thus highlighting the fact that he was not running as a team player with either Establishment player. Distinguishing himself from the powers that be appears to have finally paid off for Jensen with his second-place finish, a squeaker, certainly, but one likely to withstand Daugaard/Dunes man Shorma’s last-gasp recount.