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1996 South Dakota 2008
United States Senate election in South Dakota, 2002
November 5, 2002
Tim Johnson, official photo as senator.jpg John Thune official photo.jpg
Nominee Tim Johnson John Thune
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 167,481 166,957
Percentage 49.62% 49.47%
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Tim Johnson

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The South Dakota Senate Election of 2002 was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic senator Tim Johnson was re-elected to a second term over Republican U.S. Congressman John Thune. It was one of the closest election in American history. In the end Johnson narrowly beat Thune by 524 votes Johnson's close margin of victory was made possible by final returns from Shannon County on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which reported twice the turnout of the previous election and 92% votes for Johnson. In 2004 John Thune would face Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle and would win by 4,508 votes.

Election results

2002 United States Senate election, South Dakota
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tim Johnson (Incumbent) 167,481 49.62%
Republican John Thune 166,957 49.47% -
Majority 524 0.15%
Turnout 334,438 31%

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