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1986 United States Senate election in South Dakota

The 1986 United States Senate election in South Dakota was held on November 4, 1986. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator James Abdnor ran for re-election to a second term, but was defeated by Democrat Tom Daschle.[1]

United States Senate election in South Dakota, 1986

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  Tom Daschle, official Senate photo.jpg JamesAbdnor.jpg
Nominee Tom Daschle James Abdnor
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 152,657 143,173
Percentage 51.6% 48.4%

South Dakota Senate Election Results by County, 1986.svg
County results
Daschle:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Abdnor:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

U.S. Senator before election

James Abdnor

Elected U.S. Senator

Tom Daschle

Republican primaryEdit



Despite Abdnor winning the primary by a fairly comfortable margin, it hurt him badly. Daschle was uncontested for the Democratic nomination and therefore was able to focus on the general election early, while Abdnor had to fight a challenge from an incumbent governor. Many political analysts say this was one of the factors in Abdnor's general election loss.

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Abdnor (incumbent) 63,414 54.51%
Republican Bill Janklow 52,924 45.49%
Total votes 116,338 100.00%

General electionEdit



General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Tom Daschle 152,657 51.60% +12.21%
Republican James Abdnor (incumbent) 143,173 48.40% -9.80%
Majority 9,484 3.21% -15.60%
Turnout 295,830
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

See alsoEdit