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Democratic Rep. Tom Daschle Defeats Republican Sen. Jim Abdnor

November 5, 1986

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Republican Sen. Jim Abdnor’s 30-year political career was derailed as Rep. Tom Daschle won a hotly contested Senate race that focused on the ailing farm economy.

Democrat Tim Johnson won South Dakota’s only seat in the U.S. House on Tuesday, but George Mickelson of Brookings kept the governor’s office in Republican hands.

With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, Daschle had 52 percent, or 129,892 votes, to Abdnor’s 48 percent, or 121,303 votes.

The four-term congressman said he would work toward improving grain prices. ″Ultimately, I think the people of our state were saying we need some new direction out there,″ Daschle said.

Mickelson defeated Democrat Lars Herseth in a governor’s race that featured two sons of former governors. Incumbent Gov. Bill Janklow was barred from seeking a third term. With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, Mickelson had 52 percent, or 129,256 votes, while Herseth had 48 percent, or 120,087 votes.

In the congressional race, Johnson took 60 percent, or 147,256 votes, while Republican Dale Bell had 40 percent, or 98,637 votes, with 85 percent of the precincts counted.

By a 62-38 margin, voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow a state lottery.

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