…and Then the World!: E-Day Highlights
The results are in (well, for those of us not living in a developing country with limited access to internet, they were in a day ago). But if you’re like me and still pouring over the numbers or simply trying to make sense of it all, here are some highlights from Tuesday’s election:
* First the blogosphere, then the world! A huge DW congrats to Co-Editor Kelsey for gaining a seat on the Vermillion City Council and taking the DW in Office total to 50%! See? Yard signs don’t vote (and apparently neither does Drown Night)! Uh oh, Anna. We can’t hide forever…
* Unfortunately my pal Jeff Barth will not be moving on to shooting a commercial from a canoe — sad times. That said, does Matt Varilek have superpowers like mind control or something?! Or maybe they attached the totals to the wrong candidate? I’m just not sure how else someone who’s against our LGBT friends enjoying marriage equality would be the landslide pick of Democrats.
* File under: “In Yo’ Face!” Even after all the weird targeting by our Governor and his lackies, DW super(s)hero, Peggy Gibson, not only reigns victorious, but she’s the top vote getter with 46%! #LadyBoom
* Senator Craig Tieszen spanks the Gordon Howie-endorsed Stacey Wollman with almost 80% percent of the vote — wowzers! But she had such powerful endorsements…
* Thank you, District 9 for showing us you know crazy when you see it. Deb Peters ousts Lora Hubble (see also “Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Ass” awards below).
* Surprisingly, District 10 did not take the sexism bait and vote former Mayor Dave Munson and Papa Haggar through together. Instead, we have the makings for a weird sitcom where J. Haggar, her BF, and her dad all live together and simultaneously serve in office that has a Parks and Rec-like vibe written all over it.
Other things we learned: either District 10 has a short memory or they’re totally cool with their elected officials lying on record.
* DW fan favorite, the rogue Gene Abdallah will be watchin’ this session from afar after a surprising break in his political invincibility over the last million years. Gene gave no fucks about casually showing up to grace the legislature with his votes a la Kristi Noem or making no-nonsense remarks whenever the hell he wanted. He also probably couldn’t have cared less about women’s issues and could bust out a sexist joke in his sleep. Nonetheless, from one ‘Sexual Anarchist’ to another, you’ll be missed, Gene. If you’re bored during session, we could use a guest blogger!
* File under: “Campaign Machine.” A hometown shout out to another well-earned campaign victory of super campaigner, Rep. Jim Bolin, killing with 41% in his 4-way contest. If only JB would have knocked doors with Kevin Jensen, we wouldn’t have Patty Miller heading back to the legislature to tell more SDans to move out of the country if they don’t subscribe to ignorance . <sigh>
* In “WTF?!” news, Rep. Mitch Fargen was somehow eclipsed by the inanimate object that is Pat Kirschman in the 3-way D-15 race of Democrats, although props to newcomer Karen Soli for being the top vote getter in the race. Mitch has always been a strong advocate for all the good things and it’s a travesty to see him go. What the hell, D-15?! Man, I move out of the district and…
* Keeping up the potential entertainment value of the legislature are DW frenemies Phil Jensen and Stace Nelson, both victorious (and Stace being the top vote getter!). Congrats and thanks, gentlemen.
* Question: did anyone else keep misreading this screen and thinking Sibby had a recount coming? Me neither, I was just asking
And last, but not least, I hereby grant the “Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Ass” Award — a tie! — to Lora Hubble and R. Shawn Tornow (but mostly RST, because Lora was at least also a cracker barrel entertainment goldmine).
And on that note, we have Primary E-Day, 2012. Got anything to add or say about how things shook out? Hit us up in the comments!