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2020 Election Update

Heading into the 2020 election, Republicans controlled the South Dakota House 59 to 11.  Democrats lost three seats (HDs 9 Party 2, 13 Party 2, and 17 Party 2) for a net loss of three seats. Republicans now control the chamber 62 to 8. 

The below table shows 2020 and 2018 election results for the South Dakota House. The LDI scores are for the 2020 cycle. EveryDistrict will release new scores and district rankings after the redistricting process.

2018 Election Update

After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the South Dakota House 60-10. Heading into the 2018 election, Republicans controlled the chamber 59-10 with one vacancy. In the 2018 election, Democrats flipped five seats and lost four seats for a net gain of one seat. Republicans now control the chamber 59-11.

Democrats lost one seat in each of the following districts: HD 1, HD 7, HD 21, and HD 25. Democrats flipped one seat in each of the following districts: HD 9, HD 13, HD 14, HD 18, and HD 27.

Understanding the Map

EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) is the gold standard of state legislative competitiveness. Our LDI ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).

After the 2018 election, EveryDistrict reviewed and enhanced our LDI system, improving the accuracy of the metric with new methodologies and the most recent electoral data.

For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.