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South Dakota Democratic primary, 2008

The 2008 South Dakota Democratic primary took place on June 3, 2008. Along with Montana, it was one of the final two elections in the 2008 primary season. Senator Hillary Clinton won the primary, but on the same day, her opponent Barack Obama secured enough delegate votes for the 2008 Democratic National Convention to ensure his eventual nomination for President by the Democratic Party.

South Dakota has 66 counties with 762 election precincts.[1]


  • Polling 1
  • Results 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


A poll published April 3, 2008 indicated that Obama was supported by more respondents, 46%, than Clinton, who received the support of 34%.[2] However, a May 31-June 1, 2008 poll by ARG projected a Clinton victory in South Dakota, with 60% of respondents supporting her versus 34% supporting Obama.[3]


Early on the day of the primary, hours before polls closed, the Associated Press projected Barack Obama's nomination for the presidency. The projection was based on the declarations of a large number Democratic superdelegates, as well as exit polls of voters in South Dakota and Montana. However, the AP calculated that Obama would be the Democratic nominee even if he lost the primaries in South Dakota and Montana.[4]

Key: Withdrew
prior to contest
South Dakota Democratic presidential primary, 2008[5]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates[6]
Hillary Clinton 54,128 55.35% 9
Barack Obama 43,669 44.65% 6
Total 97,797 100.00% 15

See also


  1. ^ "Secretary of State Election Night Results". SD Secretary of State. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  2. ^ Election 2008: Presidential, Senate and House Races Updated Daily
  3. ^ South Dakota Democratic Presidential Preference
  4. ^ AP tally: Obama effectively clinches nomination -
  5. ^ "Secretary of State Election Night Results, Presidential primaries". SD Secretary of State. 2008-06-03. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  6. ^ Richard E. Berg-Andersson (2008-06-03). "South Dakota Democratic Delegation 2008". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
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