On the other hand, the Democrats will have to select a Lieutenant Governor candidate. Last night's debate televised exchange indicates that a unity ticket with the loser of the primary taking the second spot is highly unlikely. Given the paucity of Democrats in the legislature and the fact that the big names have decided to sit out this election season, the party will have to select an unknown. That selection may open a rift between party idealists who will want to select someone who illustrates the Democrats' values of diversity and inclusion and party realists who will want to select someone who gives the ticket a puncher's chance against Republican incumbent Dennis Daugaard.
Debates between realists and idealists usually become vociferous affairs. The trick for the Democrats will be using the debate to generate positive press.