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May 18, 2004
Democrats Target Janklow's Congressional Seat in SD

South Dakota will hold a special election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Rep. Bill Janklow (R) from Congress. Democrats have targeted this seat for conversion and will be launching a major get-out-the-vote effort to try to capture the seat for Stephanie Herseth, an Emily's List beneficiary. The NRCC needs Minnesota volunteers to spend a few days in South Dakota to counter these efforts, as Marcus Esmay, spokesman for Minnesota Republican candidate John Kline, informed me by e-mail today:

Congressman John Kline (R-MN) will be leading a bus-load of hard-working Minnesotans to help South Dakota counter this effort [by Democrats], and he has asked me to e-mail the administrators of all of his favorite blogs to request assistance in filling up our bus.

Those who join us will not only have 4+ hours to quiz Congressman Kline, but they will also have the satisfaction of helping lay out the national-groundwork for the 2004 election. South Dakota is sure to be a pivotal state over the next year and an upset Republican victory in this election could spell the end of Daschle in November.

If you are interested in letting your devoted readers in on the action, heres what they need to know:

Who: Larry Diedrich vs. Stephanie Herseth

What: South Dakota Special Election Bus Trip with Congressman Kline to Sioux Falls 3 days of GOP Get Out the Vote

Where: Sioux Falls, SD

When: Bus leaves from Burnsville (other pickup locations available) at Noon on Saturday, May 29th Returns Wednesday, June 2nd a.s.a.p.

How: If anyone would like to Hop on the Bus with Congressman Kline, please call Diana Bratlie at 952-890-9430 or e-mail dianab@klineforcongress.com (sorry, no web-site.)

BEST YET: The NRCC feels that this is SO important, they will pay for Bus Transportation AND Room and Board.

Okay, how's that for a deal -- a free, long weekend in South Dakota, volunteering to promote democracy and the Republican candidate? I think that sounds like a great deal! Unfortunately, due to the medical requirements of the First Mate and the responsibilities of the NARN radio show, I can't go, but I'd love to hear from any of my local readers who volunteer. I can foresee a guest-blog opportunity to keep all of us informed of your efforts out there.

Keep this in mind: John Thune will face off against Tom Daschle this fall in the general election, and any Democratic efforts to get the vote out for Herseth will create more wind for Daschle's sails as well. Beating Daschle is critical for Republicans in order to restore order to the judicial nominee process in the Senate. It's the most important race in the nation in November after the presidential election. Let's help John Kline get the vote out in South Dakota for Diedrich and give Thune a huge boost to the finish line!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 18, 2004 7:21 PM

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