What's next for the SD Republican party? - KOTA Territory News

What's next for the SD Republican party?

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Republicans in South Dakota won many of the races in yesterday's elections; but lost the race for President as President Obama beat out Mitt Romney.

"I was very disappointed. I think it was a very big surprise and it's a close election still," said JP Duniphan, former State Senator.

Even though Mitt Romney lost his bid for president; Duniphan says the Republican Party will recover.

"The people have spoken, we have to be positive and we have to move forward and work together," said Duniphan.

A sentiment shared by many Republicans the day after they swept the state; winning most state-wide races; but losing the 'big one'.

"I'm sure we are all somewhat disappointed of course that Mitt didn't win the election. I think we're somewhat fearful of this administration that seems to be unfettered by even laws that are on the books and go out on their own," said Ed Randazzo, Vice Chairman of Republican Ambassadors.

"But as far as republicans in South Dakota I think for the legislature and the state wide offices I think it was a really positive thing," said Representative Jacqueline Sly, Republican, District 33.

Republican's say they have a positive outlook for the state as they turn their attention to the future.

"I think we have a responsibility as state to start looking forward, looking at the big picture instead of just trying to focus on one thing," said Representative Sly.

Republicans say the bigger picture includes education reform and economic development.

"We like most states have a huge education problem. I think we need to look at the entire system in a different light. And come up with a better plan. What we're doing is not working," said Randazzo.

"The more jobs we have, the more jobs we create. The more jobs we create, it brings people, there's more money to spend and it just grows and grows and grows. It's going to be a very bright future," said Duniphan.

A future that Republicans say includes working harder the next time around.

"The country's spoken and that's the way it is and we just need to work harder the next time to get it done," said Randazzo.

The Republican Party won 28 out of 35 Senate races.

As well as 53 of the 70 available State Representative seats.

 

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