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The Latest: South Dakota voter turnout exceeds 2014 midterm

November 7, 2018
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FILE - This combination of Oct. 23, 2018, file photos shows South Dakota gubernatorial candidates in the November 2018 election from left, Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, and Democratic state Sen . Billie Sutton. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on South Dakota’s elections (all times local):

1:12 p.m.

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.

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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3:07 a.m.

South Dakotans want simpler proposals to change the state constitution and an end to the out-of-state money sloshing around ballot measure campaigns.

That’s the message voters sent in Tuesday’s election. They approved one ballot question to require constitutional amendments to stick to a single subject and another to bar individuals and interests outside South Dakota from contributing to citizens’ initiatives.

They also rejected a pair of other measures to dramatically reshape the state’s ballot question system and denied a tobacco tax hike for the state’s technical schools. That measure brought in millions from the tobacco industry to oppose it.

Voters sent Republican Dusty Johnson to Congress and maintained the GOP’s hold on every statewide office. Republican Kristi Noem beat Democrat Billie Sutton to become the first woman elected South Dakota governor.

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