Lost the Senate, Then Straight to Jail: Annette Bosworth Is Having a Horrible Day

The last 24 hours have not gone as anticipated for one GOP candidate.

National Journal
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Marina Koren
June 4, 2014, 12:44 p.m.

An­nette Bos­worth is not hav­ing a good day.

First, the Re­pub­lic­an Sen­ate can­did­ate found out she lost in the South Dakota primary on na­tion­al tele­vi­sion.

“I want to start with the break­ing news from the As­so­ci­ated Press that you have lost your race,” said Fox’s Me­gyn Kelly, as she in­tro­duced Bos­worth on Tues­day night.

“Well, that’s news to me,” said a clearly sur­prised Bos­worth. “I didn’t know that.”

Then, on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, the Ar­gus Lead­er re­por­ted that Bos­worth had turned her­self in­to jail after a war­rant for her ar­rest was is­sued earli­er in the day. The politi­cian was charged with per­jury and fil­ing a false or forged doc­u­ment, both felon­ies that carry a max­im­um sen­tence of two years and a $4,000 fine.

The charges stem from ac­cus­a­tions that Bos­worth sub­mit­ted nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions that lis­ted her as the per­son cir­cu­lat­ing the doc­u­ments, even though she was in the Phil­ip­pines with her hus­band at the time. Bos­worth has denied any wrong­do­ing, and she was re­leased on her own re­cog­niz­ance on Wed­nes­day.

Bos­worth, con­sidered a long-shot can­did­ate for re­tir­ing Demo­crat Tim John­son’s seat, may be best known for a tear­ful press con­fer­ence she gave last month in a room full of cam­paign signs plastered in graph­ic lan­guage. Bos­worth had the posters covered in of­fens­ive lan­guage people had used to de­scribe her on­line.

Bos­worth came in fourth in Tues­day’s primary, after the win­ner, former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, and run­ners-up Larry Rhoden and Stace Nel­son, both state rep­res­ent­at­ives. Rounds is favored to de­feat Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate Rick Wei­l­and, who ran un­con­tested in his primary, in the gen­er­al elec­tion.

Cor­rec­tion: An earli­er ver­sion of this story mis­stated the reas­on for Bos­worth’s trip to the Phil­ip­pines, and that she pos­ted bail upon her re­lease from jail.