I'm going to disagree with my friend Bob here in his hope that Gordon Howie is the Republican nominee, which of course, would absolutely assure a Heidepriem win.
I would remind Bob of another Democrat who sailed into office on the promise of transparent fiscal responsibility: Barack Obama. Woohoo! Trillions later, that's not working out so well, even though he continues to blame everything on the previous administration. (One wonders when he will take responsibility for himself.)
Gordon Howie is a personable guy who also happens to be so far off between Saturn and Pluto that we, as South Dakota voters, would be irresponsible to allow him to hold office again. And, Republicans would be foolish to advance his candidacy. Gordon's primary issue is bringing God to government. His God.
He can talk all he wants about responsible spending, but he is one of the first in line to vote for abortion legislation the state cannot afford to defend in the US Supreme Court.
He believes laws do not apply to him, if God says they don't. He says government has no business in religion. But he has the First Amendment backward. Religion has no place in government. And, if thinks differently, he needs to go get a history lesson about King George and the Church of England and the founding of this country.
Is Howie the most colorful candidate, as Bob suggests? Probably. But he is not the best candidate. And if Republicans expect to defeat Heidepriem, they will nominate Daugaard. I've had several conversations with him and believe him to be the best candidate for the job. I know he is his own man. I know he understands business. I know he can take a state in financial trouble and resurrect it as he did with Children's Home.
Both Knudson and Heidepriem are targeting Daugaard. Their polling is telling them that he's the guy to beat and I believe that is true. And, I believe it's true because he's the best guy for the job.