Oct 22 2012

Two Former Presidential Candidates from South Dakota Die Almost Simultaneously

Source: Ballot Access News

As has been well-reported, George McGovern died in his home state of South Dakota on October 21. And, on October 22, Russell Means died, also in South Dakota. See this obituary from Reason Magazine.

McGovern was the Democratic nominee for President in 1972, and he also sought the Democratic nomination in 1968 and 1984. Means sought the Libertarian nomination in 1988, and he probably would have received it if his opponent for that nomination, Ron Paul, had not been such a formidable candidate.

As far as is known, these two men are the only South Dakota residents who ever ran for President, except that in 1892 a South Dakotan sought the People’s Party nomination.

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