South Dakota Democrats pick their candidates at convention

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Democrats picked their candidate in what they hope will be a winnable race for Secretary of State but opted not to name a challenger for state Attorney General.

The delegates to the state convention chose former journalist Tom Cool, who ran for auditor in 2018, to challenge Republican Monae Johnson who beat out incumbent Steve Barnett.

The Democrats didn’t nominate a candidate to challenge Marty Jackley, the former South Dakota Attorney General running to reclaim his old job after his successor was removed from office last month.

The Democrats also backed retired public administrator John Cunningham for State Treasurer and military veteran Stephany Marty for State Auditor.

State Rep. Jennifer Keintz received enthusiastic support to be Jamie Smith’s running mate in his campaign against Republican incumbent Gov. Kristi Noem.

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