Al Jazeera’s John Hendren needed an excuse to go see Mount Rushmore. He managed to turn the trip into a report on early voting in South Dakota, with notes on the Trump campaign’s absence of organization to take advantage of early voting and the Clinton campaign’s post-primary absence from West River:
I’m just glad they balanced the cowboy interviews with that great shot of some real riding as that lady mountain-bikes through downtown Rapid City. South Dakota—four legs good, two wheels better!
The Clinton campaign is not wholly absent from South Dakota: Team Clinton has an organizer tromping around the state from his base in Sioux Falls. And South Dakotans are far from absent from the Clinton effort: a good friend of mine has been canvassing for Clinton on Saturdays… across the border in Sioux City. Trump holds a 3–4 point lead over Clinton in Iowa (6, says Real Clear Politics) versus a double-digit lead in South Dakota. Iowa has voted Democratic in seven of thirteen elections since 1964 and in six of the last seven. South Dakota hasn’t voted Democratic since 1964.