Note the following snippet from today's Roll Call about the interaction between the Senate campaigns and the June House contest to fill former Congressman Janklow's seat:
[Daschle campaign manager Steve] Hildebrand said that given South Dakota voters’ willingness to give a Republican president 60 percent of the vote while sending two Democratic Senators to Washington, the winner of the House race is immaterial.
“The Senate race will clearly come down not to who is sitting in the Congressional seat but what’s best for South Dakota,” he said.
One Democratic operative took the opposite stance, however.
“The [House] race is extremely important to Tom Daschle,” said the operative. “People will be looking at it as a measure of how he might do in the fall.”
This highlights a no-win scenario for the Democrats (and some wishful Hildebrand thinking). If Herseth loses, it looks like the Democratic GOTV operation is not as impressive as some think and it makes Daschle look weaker. If Herseth wins, John Thune can talk about the dangers of an entirely Democratic delegation representing the state in a Washington completely controlled by Republicans (who aren't big Daschle fans). Hildebrand, who's no fan of Herseth because of the gay marriage flap, is probably rooting for Deidrich.