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Doug Sombke, the president of the South Dakota Farmers Union, said he's been contacted by both Johnson and Herseth Sandlin supporters. The two camps, he added, are not talking to each other.
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Casey has set up a webpage for people to sign their names to a petition urging Johnson to run for Senate. He's also emailed and called Democrats around the state, asking legislators and party officials like Perpich to support Johnson becoming a candidate. When they do, Casey sends out news releases announcing the endorsements.
"I couldn't even comment on who he's talking to directly," Casey said.
that potential endorsers have endorsed another candidate," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. "To the extent that Johnson's folks can get people to say that 'if he runs, I'll endorse him,' at a certain point that becomes a potential problem for Herseth Sandlin, because then she starts behind the eight ball."
But so far only Johnson's supporters are active behind the scenes trying to bolster his potential candidacy.
Brendan to run," Casey said.
Experts said Casey's efforts probably won't have a huge impact on the race, but could possibly discourage Herseth Sandlin from entering the race if he sews up enough support.
open source and people can help out however they want," Casey said.
Johnson backers more aggressive than Herseth Sandlin's
Other South Dakota Democratic activists and officials say they've had no contact from anyone urging support for Herseth Sandlin.
Johnson's thinking is less clear. Attorney, which has limitations on political activity.
"My last conversation with Stephanie she just said she's not ready to make a decision," said Judy Duhamel, a Rapid City resident who formerly chaired the South Dakota Democratic Party. That discussion happened about three weeks ago, Duhamel said. Personal factors are weighing against a run, including a new job at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, a new home here, and a four year old son.
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Jon Schaff, a political science professor at Northern State University, said the most likely outcome of draft campaigns is minimal.
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"Nobody's really approached me on her behalf," said Jason Frerichs, the Democratic leader in the state senate who did hear from the "Draft Brendan" movement despite being a Herseth Sandlin supporter.
"She's loving her job and loving living in South Dakota and enjoying the time with her son," Duhamel said. "She has really heavy decisions to make."
"This strikes me as a very small handful of activists who are trying to give a perception that something's actually happening," he said. "Let's wait until people actually announce."
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That reflects an organized effort by Casey and other people behind the "Draft Brendan" page.
The other primary organizers behind "Draft Brendan" include nine activists and officials who signed their name to a letter urging him to run. Others have supported the movement without signing their names Casey said one man has paid for ads promoting Johnson on Facebook, but may not be "ready to have his name publicly among those of us urging Brendan to run."
There's no Ryan Casey equivalent in Herseth Sandlin's camp, though she does have supporters making some efforts. Someone has set up a Facebook page called "Run Stephanie" and posted messages and links there encouraging Herseth Sandlin to run, but the manager of that page didn't respond to a message from the Argus Leader.
Casey said he hasn't "spoken directly with Brendan" about the draft movement, but can't speak for anyone else involved in the movement.
Herseth Sandlin didn't return a message seeking her comment, but a longtime friend said she has been genuinely uncertain about whether to run for Senate.
Senate. Attorney Brendan Johnson, to run for the same position. Senate!" Perpich wrote in a statement released by supporters of Johnson's candidacy. "He's got everything going for him!"
But some party activists are hoping to prod Johnson into the race. One, Lincoln County Democratic Party chair Ryan Casey, is spearheading a "Draft Brendan Johnson" movement.
Johnson and Herseth Sandlin are widely seen as the two most likely Democrats to run for Senate in the aftermath of Sen. Tim Johnson's retirement. Sen. Tim Johnson, whose retirement has created an open Senate seat for the two Democrats to consider.
"From my standpoint it's been about trying to galvanize fellow Democrats, fellow progressives," said Casey. "If or when he does run, he could hit the ground running right out of the gate and be strong as a candidate."
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