Election 2018

Kristi Noem Elected First Female Governor of South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – History is made in South Dakota, voters have elected the first female governor. Representative Kristi Noem brought home 51% of the vote last night against Democratic hopeful Billie Sutton and Libertarian Kurt Evans. Governor-elect Noem has been on the campaign trail for nearly two years. She first announced her intentions to run for governor after the…

Republican Dusty Johnson Wins South Dakota’s Lone U.S. House Seat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Republican candidate Dusty Johnson has secured South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat. The AP called that race about 30 minutes after results started coming in. Johnson took a commanding lead right away and never looked back. Johnson defeated Democrat Tim Bjorkman, Independent Ron Weiczorek, and Libertarian George Hendrickson with 60% of the vote. Johnson says he wished…

Billie Sutton Concedes Historic Gubernatorial Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – KDLT News heard from State Senator Billie Sutton last night after conceding the governor’s race. Sutton said he’s proud of the historic campaign his team worked on as “underdogs.” The State Senator expressed his gratitude and hope saying South Dakotans should come together despite their differences. He spoke on the phone briefly with Governor-elect Kristi Noem…

Tim Bjorkman Loses U.S. House Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former Canistota Judge Time Bjorkman says he is proud of the campaign he ran. This was his first time running for congress. He says he wanted to stay positive and transparent and feels he accomplished that. Bjorkman also stands by his decision not to accept any PAC money during the campaign. He hopes more candidates do…

Democrats show they still have role in Iowa politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrats Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer upended Republican incumbents to become Iowa’s first female representatives in the U.S. House. Axne on Tuesday defeated GOP Rep. David Young in southwest Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, while Finkenauer topped Rod Blum in northeast Iowa’s 1st District. In her campaign, Axne focused on health care and Young’s support for…

WATCH: Governor-elect Kristi Noem’s Victory Speech

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Republican Kristi Noem has been elected as South Dakota’s first female governor. Noem defeated Democratic challenger Billie Sutton with 51 percent of the vote. The Associated Press called the race just before 12:00 a.m. Noem served as South Dakota’s lone Representative for seven years after serving two terms in the state house. Categories: Election 2018, Local…

Kristi Noem Elected as First Female Governor of South Dakota

Kristi Noem wins Republican nomination for Governor (June 5, 2018)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Republican Kristi Noem has been elected as South Dakota’s first female governor. Noem defeated Democratic challenger Billie Sutton with 52 percent of the vote. The Associated Press called the race just before 12:00 a.m. Noem served as South Dakota’s lone Representative for seven years after serving two…

Republican Jason Ravnsborg Wins Attorney General Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Republican Jason Ravnsborg has been elected as South Dakota’s next Attorney General. Ravnsborg defeated Democratic candidate Randy Seiler with 56 percent of the vote. Ravnsborg was endorsed by several Sheriff’s in South Dakota, the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police, the NRA, and South Dakota Right to Life. Categories: Election 2018, Local News, News, Politics

Dusty Johnson Wins South Dakota US House Seat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republican Dusty Johnson has beaten Democrat Tim Bjorkman to win South Dakota’s U.S. House seat. Johnson was the favorite throughout the race. The former public utilities commissioner and past gubernatorial chief of staff ran an energetic and well-funded campaign as a traditional conservative. Johnson focused on fiscal discipline, proposing changes such as increasing the age…

2018 Election Trend: The “Wave of the Woman”

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls political science professor is calling it “the wave of the woman.” A record number of women are breaking a glass ceiling and running for office. We know you’ll find more women on the ballot, but are the odds stacked against these political pioneers? According Augustana University political science professor Emily Wanless, the…

What Brought You to the Polls?

VERMILLION, S.D. – The governor’s race, a seat to fill in congress, and various initiated measures filled the ballot today. But those aren’t the only reasons why many of you decided to get out and vote. The eyes of South Dakota are locked in primarily on one race. South Dakota voters say, ” Probably the governor’s race.”, “How could you…

One Sioux Falls Resident Finally Has His Voice

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Across the country, people are voting for the most anticipated Midterm Elections. For some, this is more than just an election. “This is actually my first time voting,” says Refugee Voter Mujahid Abegaz. Mujahid Abegaz is a refugee from Ethiopia.  He and his mother came from a refugee camp in Uganda in 2003.  The sponsors of…

Noem Holds Rally, Sutton Canvassing for Last Minute Campaigning

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Believe it or not Election Day is Tuesday. With about 24 hours before results come in candidates are pulling out all the stops to get their final messages to voters. “Tell your friends and family to go out and go vote, and let’s go win this thing,” says (D) Billie Sutton. Candidates for Governor Billie Sutton and…

Girl Scouts to Help Deliver Ballot Boxes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A group of Sioux Empire middle school and high school kids can’t vote yet, but they’re playing a special part in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Emma Shea, a senior Girl Scout, won’t be able to officially cast a ballot until the next governor’s race. “It’s something you go grow up to want to do,” said Shea. However,…

Voting Booth Dos and Don’ts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- So far this election season, there’ve been more than 78,000 absentee ballots requested in South Dakota. That’s an increase from 2014’s midterm election where there were around 55,000 absentee ballots cast. However, if you’re waiting until election day on Tuesday there’re some voting rules you need to know. Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz says he is trying…