MICHAEL ROHL District 1 Senate
JENNIFER HEALY KEINTZ District 1 House
TAMARA ST. JOHN District 1 House
Newcomers Win Seats
A pair of newcomers won District 1 legislative seats, while incumbents were reelected in state races in the general election held on Tuesday.
District 1 state Democratic Senator Susan Wismer of Britton was defeated by Republican challenger Michael Rohl of rural Aberdeen 57-43 percent.
Incumbent District 1 Representative Tamara St. John was the top vote-getter in the three-way race, earning 42 percent of the vote, and Democrat Jennifer Healy Keintz of Eden ousted incumbent Democrat Steven McCleerey of Sisseton in a close race 30-28 percent.
Statewide, Republican Mike Rounds was easily reelected to the U.S. Senate by a 68-32 percent margin over Democratic challenger Dan Ahlers. Republican Dusty Johnson was returned to the U.S. House with an 83-17 percent margin over Liberterian Randy Luallin.
Republican Gary Hanson was re-elected to the Public Utilities Commission with 70 percent ofthe vote overDemocrat Remi W.B. Bald Eagle with 24 percent and Liberterian Davin Saxon with five percent.
Heading the national ticket was the presidential race, and as of 11:30 p.m. the race was still too close to call. With 71 percent of the South Dakota precincts counted the state favored President Donald Trump over former Vice-President Joe Biden 65-33 percent with Liberterian Jo Jorgensen receiving three percent.
On a non-political ballot voters opted to retain South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven Jensen, whose term expires on Jan 1, 2021, by a 83-17 percent margin.
Voters had decisions to make on three ballot issues, two of those dealing with marijuana and the other on sports betting in Deadwood, and all three were approved.
Constitutional Amendment A was approved 53-47 percent and will allow the state to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for people age 21 and older. The amendment also directs the state legislature to pass laws regarding hemp and ensuring access to marijuana for medical use.
Initiated Measure 26 was approved by a big 69-31 percent margin and also allows the use of medical marijuana in the state.
Constitutional Amendment B was approved 58-42 percent and will allow Deadwood and on-reservation tribal casinos to allow sports wagering.
Marshall County voters agreed with state results in all of the political races. County voters also agreed with state results on the three ballot issues.
Voter turnout in the county was a strong 78.6 percent with with 2,217 of 2,821 registered voters casting ballots. A total of 974 of those ballots were absentee.
See complete Marshall County vote totals on Back Page.