... And in S. Dakota

Last primary is a toss-up
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 11:49 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Unlike most of this year's primaries, South Dakota is a genuine toss-up. Different polls have both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama leading by double digits. Politico focuses on things to watch for:

  • Split time zones: The western half of the state is an hour behind the eastern half; results won't be revealed until all polls close at 8pm CT.
  • A late night: Ballots are transported to and counted at county auditor's offices, some more than 2 hours from polling places.

  • The Native American vote: Native Americans are South Dakota's largest minority group, with 8.5% of the population.
  • Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County: The state's biggest city and the surrounding county are vital to Democrats in the general election.
  • Turnout: The secretary of state predicts 40% to 50% of the state's 195,000 registered Democrats; campaign aides expect even more.