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South Dakota

South Dakota entered the Union in November 1889, one of four states admitted in the first part of that month, the busiest period of new-statehood creation in U.S. history. South Dakota is reliably Republican in presidential elections – only voting Democratic four times, most recently in 1964 when Lyndon Johnson won a landslide victory over Barry Goldwater. South Dakota is one of seven states with the minimum three electoral votes. In 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a margin of 30 points.

ELECTORAL VOTES

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2020 ELECTION

Safe Trump

Recent Elections

2016
31.7% 61.5%
2012
39.9% 57.9%
2008
44.7% 53.2%
2004
38.4% 59.9%
2000
37.6% 60.3%

Voting History

State voted with the overall winning candidate

1972
R
1976
R
1980
R
1984
R
1988
R
1992
R
1996
R
2000
R
2004
R
2008
R
2012
R
2016
R

Electoral College Votes

Republican
Democratic
Progressive

Colored bars represent electoral votes by party. Hover to see names. 2020 electoral votes shown in dark green until after the election.