CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – First came the dinner of roast beef, green beans, and a salad that combined the tang of macaroni and mayo with the crunch of hand-crumbled Fritos. Then came the raffle for a handsomely detailed rifle that retailed, they were told, at $1599. Then, finally, three dozen activists at the Brule County Democratic Party annual’s “Fun-raiser” turned in their folding chairs and heard from their 2014 candidates.
“We have to win this year,” said State Senator Larry Lucas, a longtime legislator who’d be retiring in December. “We’ve had good candidates before, and we have great candidates again, but now, we also have a scandal. The Republicans have opened the door for us.”