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Evans says he's quitting U.S. Senate race (Supporting Thune (R))
Argus Leader ^

Posted on 10/17/2002 8:07:02 PM PDT by DadOfFive

Edited on 05/07/2004 9:08:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Kurt Evans issued a statement Thursday evening saying he was suspending his U.S. Senate campaign and giving his support to Republican John Thune.

Evans had qualified for the Nov. 5 ballot as a Libertarian candidate. He could not be reached for comment.


(Excerpt) Read more at argusleader.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: evans; johnson; johnthune; kurtevans; libertarian; libertarians; southdakota; thune; timjohnson

1 posted on 10/17/2002 8:07:02 PM PDT by DadOfFive
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To: DadOfFour
Bump for integrity.
2 posted on 10/17/2002 8:09:10 PM PDT by chnsmok
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To: DadOfFour; PhiKapMom; patriciaruth
Go Thune!!!
3 posted on 10/17/2002 8:09:46 PM PDT by kayak
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To: DadOfFour
Thanks for posting this!

And thanks to Evans for pulling out to support Thune. What an honorable person to realize what is best for the State of SD is to support Thune!
4 posted on 10/17/2002 8:10:15 PM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: KQQL; Torie; Coop; GraniteStateConservative
Interesting development up SD way.....
5 posted on 10/17/2002 8:11:21 PM PDT by deport
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To: PhiKapMom
Good for him. Republicans and Libertarians have more in common than things they disagree about. In a race this close, Libertarian support is greatly appreciated.
6 posted on 10/17/2002 8:12:20 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: DadOfFour
A tip of my hat to this libertarian.
7 posted on 10/17/2002 8:12:38 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: DadOfFour; SoDak; DakotaGator; BOBTHENAILER; ~EagleNebula~; floriduh voter
Headline: Libertarian candidate does what is best for his country.
8 posted on 10/17/2002 8:14:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: deport; Roscoe
Look, a libertarian supporting the Republican party. Mark your calendar.

Notice how this guy wasn't spiteful, unlike the lib who was supporting the Democrat.
9 posted on 10/17/2002 8:14:10 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: DadOfFour
Good for him. Running on the Libertarian line seems to bring out the worst in a lot of people. But this is a critical race, and this will certainly help make up for all those dead Indian votes.
10 posted on 10/17/2002 8:14:52 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: deport
I really think this election is going to make Haiti look good. I can see 2 or 3 or more elections ending up in court because of fraud.
11 posted on 10/17/2002 8:15:21 PM PDT by chnsmok
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To: EternalVigilance
Refreshing to see a selfless candidate. bump
12 posted on 10/17/2002 8:18:34 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Dog Gone
I think the Libertarian pulling out should put Thune over the top!
13 posted on 10/17/2002 8:18:38 PM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: DadOfFour
A man that selfless ought to be elected to something!
14 posted on 10/17/2002 8:20:53 PM PDT by Ahban
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To: Ahban
http://www.kurtevans.com/

Send a thank you, especially where the electoral margin will be determined by election "irregularities".
15 posted on 10/17/2002 8:25:27 PM PDT by chnsmok
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To: deport
This is great news...Evans was getting 2-3-4% of the votes

SD RECAP:
Thune 45% v Johnson 43% Evans 3% Zogby 10/9-10/11 MOE4.5%
Thune 40% v Johnson 43% Others 5% Kelo-TV 10/10 MOE 4%
Thune 47% v Johnson 42% Evans 2% Anderson Group(R) 9/30-10/2 MOE 4.6%
Thune 43% v Johnson 46% Evans(L) 2% Zogby 9/16-17 MOE 4.5%
Thune 43% v Johnson 44% Evans(L) 2% Mason Dixon 9/16-19 MOE 3.5%
16 posted on 10/17/2002 8:47:54 PM PDT by KQQL
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To: Free the USA; Bryan; Tex_GOP_Cruz
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17 posted on 10/17/2002 8:51:33 PM PDT by KQQL
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To: chnsmok
Just sent him a nice thanks. Learned a bit more about Kurt.
Certainly at least the second best condidate here in SD.
18 posted on 10/17/2002 8:52:13 PM PDT by DadOfFive
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To: DadOfFour
Sorry, candidate
19 posted on 10/17/2002 8:54:34 PM PDT by DadOfFive
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To: *libertarians
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
20 posted on 10/17/2002 8:57:14 PM PDT by Free the USA
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To: chnsmok
Send a thank you, especially where the electoral margin will be determined by election "irregularities".

This sounds like a job for...Jimmy (no bell) Carter.

21 posted on 10/17/2002 8:57:24 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: Dog Gone
Republicans and Libertarians have more in common than things they disagree about

I agree, at least at the grass roots level.

I would rather see libertarians run in the GOP primaries (like Ron Paul did) instead of running in the general election, where they will likely lose and cause the Republican to lose as well.

Hell, the libertarians probably have more in common with the "written" GOP platform than most Republicans do.

22 posted on 10/17/2002 9:00:14 PM PDT by Mulder
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To: DadOfFour
Barring a New Jersey repeat, his name will remain on the ballot. Surely there are Libertarians who will refuse to follow Evans' lead and will either stay home or yet cast a vote for him.
23 posted on 10/17/2002 9:00:36 PM PDT by ForOurFuture
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To: EternalVigilance
Headline: Libertarian candidate does what is best for his country.

Agreed. Now if only we could convince the Bob Smith Cargo Cult to disband and vote for Sununu in November.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

24 posted on 10/17/2002 9:02:13 PM PDT by section9
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To: section9
Most of them will.
25 posted on 10/17/2002 9:17:39 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: DadOfFour
I knew his father Kyle Evans well, he was a great country western singer I have some of his records. His real name was Fagerhaug and he came from a good republican Norwegion family.
26 posted on 10/17/2002 9:55:59 PM PDT by Big Horn
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To: DadOfFour
This guy rates high in my book. A whole lot higher, than Buchanan and Browne, who could have done the same thing, for the same reason, but didn't.

27 posted on 10/17/2002 11:36:46 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: DadOfFour
bump
28 posted on 10/17/2002 11:41:01 PM PDT by timestax
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To: DadOfFour
Good news for South Dakota! Evans seems to be a man of character.
29 posted on 10/17/2002 11:43:33 PM PDT by windchime
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To: RabidBartender
Look, a libertarian supporting the Republican party.

It's a step in the right direction.

30 posted on 10/18/2002 12:37:13 AM PDT by Roscoe
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To: DadOfFour
Way to go, Evans! What a patriot!! I will not forget this.

Last poll I saw was Zogby done 10/9-11 with 4.5% MOE:

Thune 45% Johnson 43% Evans (L) 1%

That 1% can make all the difference, like the Greens in Florida essentially voting to elect Bush.

Anybody got a later poll?

31 posted on 10/18/2002 1:24:29 AM PDT by patriciaruth
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To: EternalVigilance
"Apparent cases of voter fraud in South Dakota serve as a vivid reminder that our entire political system depends upon truth and honesty.

A hard right to Johnson's jaw and a fitting way to exit. My hat is off to Mr. Evans.

Go THUNE.

32 posted on 10/18/2002 3:00:20 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: patriciaruth
We don't watch the Zogby polls here in Florida. If Dick Morris still has a polling web site, he's a dem but he's more accurate.
33 posted on 10/18/2002 6:19:04 AM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Hi, cuz and bttt. No more Zogby for me. He's wrong, I hate to be non-pc, but the Zogby family is Arab. They are likely to be against Republicans this election cycle as they may be anti-war against Iraq, etc.
34 posted on 10/18/2002 6:21:03 AM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: floriduh voter
No more Zogby for me. He's wrong, I hate to be non-pc, but the Zogby family is Arab

A big "Islam is a religion in Pieces" bump to you this morning. That's my new saying after much thought and seeing too much Bali video.

35 posted on 10/18/2002 6:32:20 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: KQQL; BOBTHENAILER; patriciaruth; PhiKapMom; EternalVigilance
I found a new polling url. It's nationwide and you can choose what type race you want to check on. Here's the url. I make no claims about it's accuracy but it looks like it's better than Zog.

http://www.ourcampaigns.com/cgi-bin/r.cgi/RaceDetail.html?&RaceID=20

No date I can see, but this poll indicates the following: JOHNSON = 50.08% THUNE = 49.14%. Now THAT'S CLOSE. Evans came in at .79%.

36 posted on 10/18/2002 6:36:08 AM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: BOBTHENAILER
good news bump
37 posted on 10/18/2002 6:44:18 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: mwl1
Yes indeed.
38 posted on 10/18/2002 6:46:37 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: floriduh voter
Cool url for the races, thanks.
39 posted on 10/18/2002 6:47:17 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: DadOfFour
Hey, a Libertarian with some common sense! Ok, sorry; I lean Libertarian in many ways - it's just that they rarely have a chance to win and often end up helping the Dems; which hurts both Republicans and Libertarians. Not to mention the damage they (Dems) do to the fabric of the nation, the Constitution, family values and business!

MARK A SITY
http://www.logic101.net/
40 posted on 10/18/2002 7:01:52 AM PDT by logic101.net
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To: EternalVigilance
I heard. Great news!
41 posted on 10/18/2002 6:32:45 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: BOBTHENAILER
I thought it was cool. Select a race and check out all the pollsters - one stop shopping. Thune's looking good. Jeb's been in the lead all along and the media keeps saying "Jeb's in trouble." That's the kind of spin that you can shovel.
42 posted on 10/18/2002 7:19:28 PM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: floriduh voter; BOBTHENAILER; ~EagleNebula~; SoDak


John Thune for South Dakota



Insider Update
October 18, 2002
www.johnthune.com



Inside this Update:


1) Another Independent Poll Has John Leading

2) Mitchell Daily Republic Endorses John

3) Support John at Monday’s Debate Rally

4) Over 500 Sportsmen Announce Support for John

5) Web Site Feature Targets Undecided Voters

6) What You Can Do to Help John Today




Another Independent Poll Has John Leading


CBS News Poll Shows John Leading 43-40


A poll conducted by CBS News showed John with 43 percent of the vote, 40 percent for Tim Johnson and 11 percent undecided.

The poll was conducted October 9-11, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.




Mitchell Daily Republic Endorses John


For U.S. Senate: Leadership is Key
Mitchell Daily Republic Editorial
October 18, 2002


Two things sadden us about this year`s campaign for the United States Senate.

First, the rancorous tone and the seemingly limitless reserve of invective on both sides has been counterproductive in the extreme.

Second, the campaign - as viewed on TV - is an inaccurate representation of both John Thune and Tim Johnson, who we know to be good South Dakotans, gentlemen, and family men.

Why politics brings out the worst in candidates - especially these two exceptional men - is a mystery.

That aside, voters ultimately will choose between them on Nov. 5. Today, The Daily Republic endorses John Thune for U.S. Senate.

We don`t buy into the proposition that voters should cast their ballots so that Tom Daschle will retain his seat as majority leader in the Senate. To use that rationale is unfair to both Thune and Johnson. Instead, voters should decide based on each man`s ability and his positions on the issues.

It is on this basis that we give Thune the edge. In looking back on South Dakota politics over the past 30 or 40 years, few elected officials equal Thune in leadership ability. To some unknown degree, it is a gift. He possesses that rare quality that enables him to bring others to his cause or way of thinking. A leader is someone who others will follow, and Thune has demonstrated this most valuable of traits in public service.

We also find much to support in Thune`s conservative positions on the issues, from abortion to taxation, to Social Security. He watches out for South Dakota`s interests, and its mainstream family values. He has voted this way in the House, and there`s no reason to think he will change in the Senate.

Last, there is every reason to believe that he will work well with Sen. Daschle. The reason is simple: Both have South Dakota`s interests at heart. They may disagree on philosophy, but they will find ways to work together for the good of their constituency.

We believe John Thune is an exceptionally strong public servant who reflects South Dakota`s thinking on all the key issues. For these reasons, we endorse him for the United States Senate.




Support John at Monday’s Debate Rally


Debate Rally Begins 5:30 p.m. Monday


John will debate Tim Johnson Monday night at the KSFY studios in Sioux Falls. Supporters are invited to meet at the corner of 6th St. and Dakota Ave. to support John as he enters the studio for this important debate.

Immediately following the rally, supporters are invited for a debate watching party at the Old Courthouse Museum beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the debate starting at 7 p.m. The Old Courthouse is located right across from the KSFY studios (200 W. 6th St.). Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For those of you in the Sioux Falls area, this is your last chance to show your support for John at a debate.




Over 500 Sportsmen Announce Support for John


John Highlights Impact of Pheasant Hunting on South Dakota Economy


As South Dakota enters another hunting season, John today discussed the economic impact of pheasant hunting on the South Dakota economy. People from across the nation have made South Dakota America’s prime hunting land. The economic impact of this has been a significant part of the state’s $600 million tourism industry.

“Our small towns like Presho, Winner, and Platte offer some of the greatest pheasant hunting in the country, and the economies in these towns greatly benefit each season,” John said. “In 2001, out-of-state hunters spent over $78 million during pheasant hunting season. That is a significant portion of the tourism industry—dollars that go directly to our small town main streets, boosting their economy.”

During the event, Dave Miller of Watertown, unveiled ‘Sportsmen for Thune,’ a group of more than 500 sportsmen who have pledged to support John Thune in his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

“Over the summer, men and women from across the state pledged to help John Thune in this race. From the state fair to volunteer gatherings, we’ve compiled over 500 names of sportsmen who support John because of his strong voting record on our Second Amendment rights. They believe in him just as I do, and together we’ve formed Sportsmen for Thune,” stated Dave Miller.

“As an avid sportsman, I know the impact that pheasant hunting has on our economy. We must do all we can to protect the rights of sportsmen, and to preserve the wide open spaces that we enjoy as hunters,” John continued.

Earlier this year, John was endorsed by the National Rifle Association for his consistent support for the right to keep and bear arms, including John’s legislation to arm pilots against terrorist attacks and his support for legislation allowing citizens to sue the federal government if their Second Amendment Rights have been violated. John has also fought for instant background checks to ensure that law abiding South Dakotans can buy firearms but criminals cannot.

In addition to his strong support of the Second Amendment, sportsmen also appreciate John’s commitment to conservation. John has been a leader in the House Agriculture Committee for the conservation of South Dakota land, water, and wildlife resources. He sponsored the Conservation Security Act, the Farmable Wetlands Program and has worked to increase CRP lands across South Dakota.




Web Site Feature Targets Undecided Voters


Refer your undecided friends to www.johnthune.com


One of the most important ways to help John is to reach out to your undecided friends and family. You can do this by referring them to www.johnthune.com and its undecided voters page (http://www.johnthune.com/UndecidedVoters.asp).

This undecided voter page allows South Dakotans to get to know John more personally. It includes John’s biography, accomplishments and a candidate comparison.

Help John by telling five undecided friends each week why you believe John is a strong leader and the best candidate for U.S. Senate, and refer them to the undecided voters page on John’s Web site.
43 posted on 10/18/2002 7:45:16 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance; BOBTHENAILER; ~EagleNebula~; DakotaGator; SoDak; PhiKapMom; Wait4Truth; ...
BTTT. Oops, I was watching CNN again and one of the pundits on The Capital Gang stated that John Thune is better one on one than Johnson is. A guest from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader said that Johnson was awkward in that regard. That's all I can remember but maybe it's on their url.

Hope everyone's doing well.

The Jeb Rallys are picking up steam and my trunk is full of yard signs for various Republican candidates even though I don't even have a yard. They're for my precinct. I will pound them into place at dawn on November 5th. I hope it will be the dawning of many Republican victories and I hope the G-Men sent by USAG Ashcroft to Florida actually clamp down on voter fraud while they're here. Fregards, floriduh voter

45 posted on 10/19/2002 5:54:40 PM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: floriduh voter
Wow, thanks for the ping! Good for Mr. Evans, choosing country ahead of party....let's hope it's the beginning of a trend.

Thanks for protecting those Jeb signs 'til election day. (^:

46 posted on 10/19/2002 6:15:59 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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