From an article in today's Aberdeen American News:
Northern State University political science professor Jon Schaff said many Daschle supporters are emotionally devastated because of the bitter, close election loss.
"Depression and anger - there's no doubt Tom Daschle's supporters in Aberdeen and across the state are experiencing these things," Schaff said.
One thing that led to Daschle's defeat likely was the way he came across in his campaign commercials, the professor said.
"In some of his ads it sounded like South Dakota wouldn't be able to function without him," Schaff said. "It was like somehow the state would fall apart, and we owed him our votes. There was something patronizing about the way Daschle ran his campaign, like he was saying, 'You people need me in order to survive out there in the sticks of South Dakota.'"