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Marking: Noem was ‘third best’ candidate

November 11, 2010 in The Daily Republic

B. Thomas Marking was disappointed not only with his showing in South Dakota’s three-way U.S. House race, but also with the order of the top-two finishers.
“I think that was probably the third-best choice,” Marking said this week of the winner, Kristi Noem.
Marking was the independent candidate in the Nov. 2 election. He finished a distant third behind the Republican Noem, who won with 48 percent of the vote, and Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who was defeated in her bid for a fourth full term and earned almost 46 percent. Continue Reading

Mitchell natives say they will continue with polling

November 5, 2010 in The Daily Republic

A pair of Mitchell natives say their new South Dakota polling firm is here to stay, especially after they correctly called the outcome of all four elections they monitored.
Paul Nielson, 50, and Mark Nielson, 49, said their Nielson Brothers Polling firm is designed to provide a local alternative to national polling firms. It offered polling information on the U.S. House and governor’s races as well as on the smoking ban and medical marijuana votes. In all cases, NB Polling accurately predicted the winner in its final poll. Continue Reading

Noem and Thune bring campaign bus to Mitchell

October 29, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Like a bus carrying rock stars on tour, the campaign bus carrying congressional candidate Kristi Noem and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., was greeted by a crowd of fans Friday night in Mitchell.
“I hope you’re excited,” Noem told the crowd during a brief speech at the James Valley Community Center. “Because I’m excited.”
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2-year-old stars as Herseth Sandlin hits the pavement

October 29, 2010 in The Daily Republic

South Dakota’s lone congresswoman, locked in a tight political battle, walks into a downtown jewelry store to shake some hands and seek some votes.
The veteran Democratic politician is carrying a secret weapon with her: Zachary, her 2-year-old son.
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House hopefuls debate cuts in spending

October 27, 2010 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE The three candidates for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat agreed during their debate Tuesday night that federal spending must be cut but offered very different plans for getting that done.
Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Republican challenger Kristi Noem also had sharp exchanges on more personal issues, such as whether Noem’s bad driving record indicates a pattern of poor judgment and whether Herseth Sandlin has a conflict of interest because her husband is a lobbyist. Continue Reading

Hopeful proposes amendment for U.S. financial resources

October 26, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Despite being left out of some polls and drawing as little as 1 percent support in others, B. Thomas Marking is not giving up on his quest for an upset win in South Dakota’s U.S. House race.
Marking, an independent from Custer, campaigned Monday in Mitchell. He’s now proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict the ability of Congress to “behave irresponsibly with the nation’s financial resources.” Continue Reading

Herseth Sandlin: Pragmatic style best for South Dakota

October 20, 2010 in The Daily Republic

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., says she has always been a moderate, pragmatic politician.
That will work in her favor on Election Day, Herseth Sandlin predicted Tuesday. She’s engaged in a tight race with state Rep. Kristi Noem, R-Castlewood, for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“That’s going to help me get re-elected,” Herseth Sandlin said during an interview with The Daily Republic’s editorial board. “I am confident I am going to win re-election.” Continue Reading

Independent candidate returns to House race

October 12, 2010 in The Daily Republic

B. Thomas Marking is not just marking time until Election Day.
Marking, the independent candidate for the state’s lone U.S. House seat, is gearing up his campaign for a stretch run.
He left the state for three weeks in September to take part in Federal Emergency Management Agency training in Alabama, but has returned and is getting back up to speed. Continue Reading

Health care, Social Security are hot topics in House debate at Dakotafest

August 17, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Dakotafest is an agriculture-based event, but ag issues were rarely discussed during a congressional candidates forum Tuesday.
Instead, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., state Rep. Kristi Noem, her Republican challenger, and independent candidate B. Thomas Marking mostly discussed voting records, the 2010 health-care reform law, Medicare and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the opening day of Dakotafest in Mitchell. Continue Reading