Harry Reid Predicts Democrat Loss in South Dakota Senate Race

Image: Harry Reid Predicts Democrat Loss in South Dakota Senate Race Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. (Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov)

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 12:26 PM

By Andrea Billups

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
As politicos continue to do the midterm math, Harry Reid is focusing on South Dakota, where he admits Democrats look increasingly vulnerable in a Senate race, USA Today reports.

South Dakota's former Gov. Mike Rounds likely could beat Democrat candidate Rick Weiland, turning the once blue seat red after it became wide open with the retirement of Sen. Tim Johnson. The one X-factor is independent candidate Larry Pressler, whom The Washington Post noted was pulling in about one-fifth of the vote.

Reid was blunt in his assessment. "We're going to lose in South Dakota more than likely," Reid told the Associated Press.

A Real Clear Politics polling average had Rounds ahead in June by 15 points.

Reid, speaking from his office in Nevada, called the Senate races a moving target with a crucial two months still ahead.

"If the election were held today, we'd be in the majority without any question, but the election is not today," Reid said, noting that Democrats are now leading in states like Arkansas, North Carolina, Michigan, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Alaska, the AP noted.

Reid, who also took time to speak at a Jefferson-Jackson day brunch on Sunday in his home state, urged Democrats to remain focused and motivated as the race moves into its crunch period ahead of the Nov. 4 elections, The Hill reported.

Reid articulated scorn for the billionaire Koch brothers and their investment in conservative candidates, noting the heat they had put on incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina as she faces a tough race against conservative Thom Tillis, the state's speaker of the house.

"They think they have enough money to buy America," Reid said. "Not only with the U.S. Senate, not only with the House of Representatives, but with the constitutional offices, as well. They are even involved with the state Senate races here."

Real Clear Politics called the Hagan-Tillis race a toss-up, giving Tillis a scant 1.3 percent edge.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Allen West Says Goodbye to Florida at Holiday Party

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 08:49 AM

Tea party hero Allen West is making his final Florida appearance before moving to Texas. . . .

Rep. Mike Kelly Offers Obama 'Lump of Coal for Christmas'

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 07:50 AM

All forms of energy in the United States should be developed to spur job creation and economic growth, Pennsylvania Repu . . .

Politico: Obama May Give Dems 80 Percent of 2016 Latino Vote

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:18 PM

President Barack Obama may be on track to helping deliver as much as 80 percent of Latino voters to the 2016 Democratic  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved