Yeah! The South Dakota Democratic party gets it, now will the party of no follow suit?

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This is great news, but I have a feeling this has more to do with swinging indies towards their candidates then anything;

South Dakota Democrats are opening their primary elections to independent voters, as the state’s minority party reaches out to a growing segment of voters with increasing ballot clout.

And how are those NEW Republican registrations coming?

The state Republican Party currently holds a registration edge of more than 35,000 over the Democrats. But the gap has been shrinking in recent years. Democrats gained more than 13,000 registered voters between general elections in 2006 and 2008, ending that election cycle with 204,413. Republicans gained about 1,400 during that period, ending up at 241,528.

Looks like people are flocking to the party of NO . . . BAHAHAHAHAHA!



5 comments ↓

#1 Costner on 10.13.09 at 6:41 am

Although the registration numbers are shocking, I suspect a large percentage of those are due to people registering the opposite of Bush.

Depending upon how the Obama Presidency goes, I would be interested to see the registration numbers during his last couple of years in office as well.

In short, I still feel we are a conservative state in comparison, so I don’t read too much into these numbers.

#2 Ghost of Dude on 10.13.09 at 6:49 am

It probably has more to do with people getting sick and tired of the social agenda the state’s republicans have been pushing here.

#3 Sy on 10.13.09 at 8:02 am

WTF Costner?,

I thought you were the be all, end all Rush Limbaugh authority in here. Did you forget about “Operation Chaos”? during last year’s campaign?

or did you just assume we as a State are simply enamored with the Clintons?

#4 Plaintiff Guy on 10.13.09 at 8:17 am

Hey! Obama got a prize for not being George Bush. Perhaps, there’s been a regional shift.

#5 Costner on 10.13.09 at 11:50 am

Sy,

The problem with assuming Operation Chaos had anything to do with this is the fact that the Argus reported on the disparity long before Rush even had the idea. I seem to recall thinking it was a misprint or something or an error by the state… clearly that wasn’t the case as the numbers haven’t significantly changed over the past year or so.

I still say it has more to do with disgust with the status quo… but registrations don’t mean the person actually votes for that party, so it is probably a moot point.