ⓘ 2004 South Dakota's at-large congressional district special election

                                     

ⓘ 2004 South Dakotas at-large congressional district special election

The 2004 South Dakotas at-large congressional district special election was held on June 1, 2004 to select the successor to Republican Representative Bill Janklow who resigned on January 20, 2004 following a conviction of vehicular manslaughter after an accident that had occurred months earlier, creating an open seat and necessitating a special election. Each party held a nominating convention to choose their nominee for the special election. Republicans selected state Senator Larry Diedrich over Barbara Everist, also a member of the South Dakota State Senate, as their nominee while Democrats chose attorney Stephanie Herseth, who had unsuccessfully challenged Janklow in 2002.

The special election was closely watched by both sides in an attempt to obtain a Foundation for the house elections of 2004. The Hill committees of both parties spent a total of two million dollars on advertising in South Dakota. This election was especially important, given that five months later in addition place in the lower house of Congress, democratic Senator and Senate minority leader Tom Daschles, who faces a tight race against former representative John Thune R description 524 votes, defeating South Dakotas other Senator in 2002, in the Senate also will go to the polls.

Herseth won her high name recognition from her previous performance, and also its relation to the well-known family Herseth one notable member of which includes her grandfather, Ralph Herseth, former Governor of South Dakota. However, Vice President dick Cheney R came to mount Rushmore state in March to campaign for Didriha.

Ultimately Herseth narrowly prevailed over Didriha. Both of them won the primaries held on the same day of an extraordinary election and face off against each other in November. Some Democrats claimed the victory, and another at the extraordinary elections in kentuckys 6th congressional district months earlier, were harbingers of major democratic victories in November. But instead the Republicans wanted to get clean-get three seats in the house and the net factor of four in the Senate, including a win in South Dakota.