Skip to comments.Jim Abdnor, Longtime S.D. Politician, Dies at 89
Posted on 05/16/2012 5:42:38 PM PDT by SMGFan
Former Sen. Jim Abdnor, who shocked liberal America in 1980 when he defeated Sen. George McGovern only to be ousted himself six years later, died Wednesday at the age of 89.
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honestly I do not understand what Pres Reagan's role should have been in 1986. So many narrow losses that year.
Jim Abdnor was one of the more humble and affable members of the U.S. Senate and I wish he had won a second term. His commercials in 1986 against Tom Daschle were among the most clever political ads ever run and he nearly won.
RIP, he’s gone on to another constituancy.
Sole reason why Abdnor lost ? The execrable Bill Janklow. His insistence on running against Abdnor in the ‘86 primary when he had no reason other than his pathological need to hold office because of term limits on the Governorship. Daschle would never have won otherwise. It’s no surprise Daschle would serve as a “character” witness at Janklow’s vehicular homicide trial... he was Daschle’s best buddy.
RIP to Sen. Abdnor.
One thing that galled me is that in 1992 and 1998, Bill Janklow could have run against Tom Daschle and had a good chance of winning. But he never bothered and in 1998, he even had some kind words to say about Daschle. I didn’t realize that Janklow himself had passed away this January.
From what I read, Reagan actually campaigned strongly for the 1980 GOP freshmen class. Many of their failures seemed to be because of personal style, not ideology, or just poor campaigning.
Thanks for reminding me about Janklow’s primary run against Abdnor in 1986. Janklow’s hubris cost South Dakota a truly great US Senator and worse still gave us Tom Daschle.
He didn’t lose to daschle, Abnor won. Then the election was stolen in a recount
A little better environment and Republicans would have kept the Senate.
I don’t know what it was but things turned bad late. I don’t think it was Iran-Contra, the full extant of which wasn’t felt till after the election.
As DJ said the piece of crap Janklow was the difference here (and Dasshole’s indian fraud as South Dakota mentioned) but could local bull and poor campaigning explain all the losses? It seems to me there was anti-GOP sentiment at work.
This was also the election where Jeremiah Denton lost to then-Democrat Richard Shelby. Can’t imagine a Republican losing a Senate race in Alabama today.
That one was the biggest shame, Denton was excellent. Shelby has always been an establishment hack.