Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was considered a heavyweight democratic candidate for South Dakota's U.S. Senate seat. But now that she's out - what does the political landscape look like?
Dr. Emily Wanless, Assistant Professor of Politics at Augustana College, expects there to be an influx of candidates from what she calls a lesser tier. In other words, candidates with less name recognition who have a chance because Herseth Sandlin bowed out.
But, Dr. Wanless says - don't count out a competitive primary season. "It's vital for both political parties to capture this seat. The democrats can't stand to lose a seat as it looks like they're going to lose quite a few across the nation. Republicans really need a pickup and this is a prime state for that to occur."
At this point, Dr. Wanless says former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds looks to be the frontrunner. She says the highest caliber opponent may come from his own party - Representative Kristi Noem - if she decides to run.
(Interview & video courtesy KSFY TV)