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Democrat fighting history in race for governor

Published 06/10/2010, The Associated Press

PIERRE — South Dakota’s campaign for governor began in earnest Wednesday, just hours after Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard claimed the Republican nomination. But the state’s political history suggests Democrat Scott Heidepriem faces a tough fight in a GOP-dominated state.
Since South Dakota became a state in 1889, it’s had 24 Republican governors and five Democratic ones. A Democrat last occupied the governor’s office 32 years ago.

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