Friday, September 27, 2013

Libertarian Kurt Evans entering Senate race in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.: Libertarian candidate entering Senate race in SD | National Politics | - Associated Press:

September 19, 2013 - "A Libertarian candidate who some say was a big factor in a 2002 U.S. Senate race in South Dakota could be a factor again next year. Kurt Evans will seek the Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Johnson, who isn't seeking re-election....

"'Every time you've got a third-party candidate running in the general election, the question always is, who's he going to take votes from?" said Ken Blanchard, a political science professor at Northern State University.... If a Libertarian runs, you expect him to take votes mostly from Republicans.'

"Some people think that's what happened in 2002, when Republican John Thune lost to Johnson by just 524 votes — with Evans getting 3,070 votes.

"Thune, who was elected to the Senate in 2004, said last year that he thinks Evans cost him the race in 2002."

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