In other candidate withdrawals this month…
- Libertarian Kurt Evans of Wessington Springs withdrew his candidacy for Secretary of State on Wednesday, leaving a two-way race between Democrat Tom Cool of Sioux Falls and Trumpist Monae Johnson of Rapid City.
- Democrat Daniel Brandt of Avon withdrew from the District 19 Senate race Monday, leaving Republican Senator Kyle Schoenfish of Scotland unchallenged. If District 19 Dems don’t come up with a replacement by August 9, Schoenfish will be the 21st Republican Senate candidate facing no challenger in November. Republicans will thus need to win only three more seats to guarantee their two-thirds majority in the 97th Legislature.
- Democrats Lisa Johnsen and Mary Perpich of Brookings withdrew their candidacies for District 7 House on Friday, leaving Republican nominees Mellissa Heermann and Roger DeGroot of Brookings unchallenged.
- Democrat Paige Schroeder of Vermillion withdrew from the District 17 House race on Friday. Democrat Bekki Engquist-Schroeder of Vermillion and Republicans Chris Kassin of Vermillion and Bill Shorma of Dakota Dunes remain in the race. With the District 7 and 17 Democratic withdrawals, Republicans are now guaranteed 33 seats in the House, three shy of the 36 they need for simple majority.
SDCL 12-6-55 sets the first Tuesday in August—that’s this coming week, August 2—as the deadline for nominees to withdraw from the general election. Partisan withdrawals leave their parties with an additional week, until August 9, to name replacements.