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No surprises in local balloting

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 4th, 2014


Voter turnout was much lower than the 50 percent initially predicted by Secretary of State Jason Gant, but nearly 2,200 Brookings County voters made their way to local vote centers on Tuesday. Above, election workers check in registered voters at the Brookings Activity Center on Tuesday afternoon, where lines were short and moved quickly.


• Just under 2,200 votes cast, turnout tops 20 percent



BROOKINGS – There were no surprises in Brookings County balloting Tuesday: former Gov. Mike Rounds was swept to victory in a five-way Republican contest to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tim Johnson, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard received a mandate-level endorsement from local voters, capturing nearly 84 percent of the GOP vote.

In November, Rounds will face Democratic opponent Rick Weiland, who was uncontested in Tuesday’s balloting, and two independents, former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler and former state lawmaker Gordon Howie.

Daugaard will square off against the Democrats’ historic choice, Susan Wismer, who aims to be the state’s first female governor.

Despite the fact that this year’s primary had little fizz locally, voters still showed up at the polls.

For the complete article see the 06-04-2014 issue.

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