‘It disappeared as quickly as it came’: The Democratic Surge and the Republican Comeback in South Dakota Politics, 1970–1980

Jon K. Lauck’s article, “‘It disappeared as quickly as it came’: The Democratic Surge and the Republican Comeback in South Dakota Politics, 1970–1980,” examines the heyday of the state Democratic Party in the 1970s, when Richard F. Kneip won three consecutive gubernatorial elections. As conservatism reasserted itself later in the decade, Democrats, including Senator George S. McGovern, fell out of favor with South Dakota voters, allowing Republicans to return to dominance. Lauck is president of the Midwestern History Association.