Republicans near sweep of statewide offices
South Dakotans have backed Republicans for every statewide, state-level office so far, with Gov. Kristi Noem holding a lead over challenger Jamie Smith.
The following candidates had given victory speeches as of 9:45 p.m. CST:
- Newly elected Secretary of State Monae Johnson,
- Newly elected Commissioner of School and Public Lands Brock Greenfield,
- Incumbent State Treasurer Josh Haeder,
- Incumbent Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson, and,
- Returning Attorney General Marty Jackley, who ran unopposed for a position he vacated in 2018 to run for governor.
Nelson was among the candidates touting South Dakota’s “red wave” of Republican victories before throwing a jab at his Democratic opponent, Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth.
“To my very worthy opponent, Jeff Barth, who is a chess player – checkmate,” Nelson said.
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