Here's what NBC's Tom Brokaw, a South Dakota native, had to say on Imus the day after the election:
IMUS: Daschle lost, is that final?
IMUS: He did? You`re saying yes, you say no.
MATTHEWS: I`m saying yes. It hasn`t been called yet, but I guess we stopped calling.
BROKAW: Yes. But he did lose and Thune is going to win there. He ran a very strong campaign at the end. I think Tom Daschle has been an excellent senator from South Dakota. He`s devoted a lot there. He`s a great retail politician.
But John Thune was a strong candidate. Former basketball star, ran strongly against Tim Johnson.
BROKAW: He came back this time. And Tom Daschle and his wife filed for the homestead exemption in the District of Columbia, which meant that they had to say we`re residents of D.C., and in South Dakota, that doesn`t go over well.