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Monday, December 6, 2010

Contra DWC, Outsider Groups Gave Noem Huge $$ Advantage

During this year's Congressional campaign, Dakota War College made the patently absurd spin-claim that Kristi Noem would not get a whole lot of support from out-of-state groups, that her campaign would win mostly on local, grassroots, South Dakota efforts.

DWC has since deleted that claim. That Sioux Falls paper ha since deleted the validity of that claim:

Republican and conservative groups spent about $2 million to help Noem win, most of it in the form of ads criticizing Herseth Sandlin. Democratic and liberal groups spent close to $600,000, most of it in ads against Noem, according to Federal Election Commission reports analyzed by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington watchdog think tank.

Herseth Sandlin said the influx of outside money definitely contributed to her defeat.

"We were outspent pretty heavily," she said [Ledyard King, "Outside Groups Backed Noem 3–1," that Sioux Falls paper, 2010.12.05].

Those outside groups do love ladies on horsies. And contrary to the spin offered by the Noem campaign and its fawning conservative blogs, those outside groups were instrumental in helping the less-qualified Noem eke out a slim plurality of the vote.


  1. Herseth-Sandlin tried to ride two horses in different directions at the same time. It did not fool Republicans and it just irritated Democrats.

  2. Democrats are hard enough horses to ride—they buck too easily to try riding another horse at the same time! All you have to do to stay on the GOP horse is be pretty and talk God and guns.

  3. Exactly Doug. So, let's get over the I-told-you-so-ing, energize the base and take on the Earth-haters making South Dakota in its own image.

    Corn is not our friend.

  4. "Corn is not our friend. "

    In the field or in comments and posts?

    I don't know about the "I told yo so ing", but if we aren't able to analyze the past, we will be condemned to relive the worst of it.


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