1985 Election Cycle

Just one legislative special election was conducted this year and the GOP held its seat in February's SD 08 contest.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
02/05/1985 State Senate, District 08 Special Jim Gustafson (Independent-Republican) won with 7,931 votes (56.65%) and a winning margin of +13.30
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Jim Gustafson Man Independent-Republican 7,931 56.65
Mary Murphy Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 6,069 43.35

Special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Independent-Republican Senator James Ulland on January 9, 1985 to become the Senior Vice President for First Bank Systems.

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01/25/1985 State Senate, District 08 Special Primary Mary Murphy (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 2,889 votes (82.68%) and a winning margin of +65.37
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Mary Murphy Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 2,889 82.68
Russell M. Smith Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 605 17.32

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Independent-Republican Senator James Ulland on January 9, 1985 to become the Senior Vice President for First Bank Systems.

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01/25/1985 State Senate, District 08 Special Primary Jim Gustafson (Independent-Republican) won with 627 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Jim Gustafson Man Independent-Republican 627 100.00

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Independent-Republican Senator James Ulland on January 9, 1985 to become the Senior Vice President for First Bank Systems.

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