Back and forth and… back in the race!
Kurt Evans wants you to know that he’s asking the Libertarian Party to nominate him again, this time, to run for U.S. Senate against Democrat Dan Ahlers and either incumbent U.S. Senator Marion Michael Rounds or State Representative Scyller Borglum, whichever one wins the Republican primary.
Evans considered running as an independent, but the only way to get on the statewide ballot as an independent is to circulate a petition, collect 3,393 voter signatures, and submit them to the Secretary of State’s office by April 28. Since going door to door with a clipboard and holding large public gatherings violate our current civic duty to stay the heck away from each other and save two million lives, I am pleased to see Evans taking the far more responsible route and seeking nomination from a simple convention to be held this summer. (Hey, can we do political conventions by teleconference?)
Evans offers the following brief bio to reintroduce himself to the voters:
Evans, 49, is a 1993 graduate of South Dakota State University and a former high school science teacher. The son of the late country musician Kyle Evans, Kurt Evans was previously the Libertarian Party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2002. In 2018, Evans received 4,848 votes as the Libertarian candidate for governor of South Dakota [link added; Kurt Evans, campaign announcement, 2020.04.04].
Evans won those 4,848 votes by spending $80 on travel. (Seriously, that’s all he reported on his 2018 year-end report. His 2018 pre-general report showed zero dollars in, zero dollars out.) If South Dakotans turn out to vote in the same numbers as in 2016, the last time they had a U.S. Senator on the ballot, we’ll see 370,000 voters. If Ahlers can pull into a dead heat with the Republican nominee, Evans could target one third plus one of the electorate for a plurality win. That would be (let’s round up) 124,000 votes. Multiply Evans’s spending of 1.65 cents per vote in 2018 by 124,000 voters, and that’s a measly $2,050. If Kurt could make that math stick, spend $5,000, and Tweet more, he could win by a landslide!