SD voter turnout exceeds 2014

SIOUX FALLS (AP) – South Dakota’s voter turnout was higher than the last midterm election as the state decided a competitive race for governor.

The secretary of state’s office website shows turnout this year was nearly 63 percent, compared to about 54 percent in 2014. Voters also slightly exceeded their more than 62 percent turnout in the 2010 midterm.

Brookings County voter turnout for Tuesday’s election came to 64.45 percent, with 11,870 ballots cast out of 18,417 registered voters. 

Republican Kristi Noem beat Democrat Billie Sutton on Tuesday in the unusually close governor’s race. Republican Dusty Johnson will replace Noem in the U.S. House.

Voters also settled five ballot questions, approving measures to require constitutional amendments to stick to a single subject and block out-of-state money from ballot question campaigns.

They rejected a pair of other measures to reshape the state’s ballot question system and dispatched a tobacco tax hike for the state’s technical schools.

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