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1978 United States Senate election in South Dakota

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1978 United States Senate election in South Dakota

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Nominee Larry Pressler Don Barnett
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 170,832 84,767
Percentage 66.84% 33.16%

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County Results
Pressler:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80–90%
Barnett:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

James Abourezk

Elected U.S. Senator

Larry Pressler

The 1978 United States Senate election in South Dakota was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator James Abourezk did not run for re-election to a second term, but was succeeded by his political rival,[1] Republican U.S. Representative Larry Pressler.

Democratic primary


  • Don Barnett, former Mayor of Rapid City[2]
  • Kenneth D. Stofferahn, farmer and former Republican State Representative from Humboldt[2]


1978 Democratic Senate primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Barnett 37,319 55.12%
Democratic Kenneth D. Stofferahn 30,384 44.88%
Total votes 67,703 100.00%

Republican primary



1978 Republican primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pressler 66,893 73.88%
Republican Ron Williamson 23,646 26.12%
Total votes 90,539 100.00%

General election


1978 U.S. Senate election results[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pressler 170,832 66.84%
Democratic Don Barnett 84,767 33.16%
Total votes 84,767 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

See also


  1. ^ News, Tom Lawrence Special to the American. "Lawrence: Abourezk's contempt for Pressler remains strong?".
  2. ^ a b Kneeland, Douglas E. (June 2, 1978). "Republicans Hold High Hope For Success in South Dakota". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - SD US Senate- D Primary Race - Jun 06, 1978".
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - SD US Senate- R Primary Race - Jun 06, 1978".
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - SD US Senate Race - Nov 07, 1978".
  6. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1979). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.
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