Primary Election Day recap for South Dakota

June 8, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Tuesday was a good day for Republican incumbents in South Dakota.

Senator John Thune, Congressman Dusty Johnson and Governor Kristi Noem all won their primary races by wide margins.

Thune got 72 percent of the vote in the Senate primary. Johnson won by 18 percentage points in the House primary, and Noem got 76 percent of the vote in her race for governor.

In the case of Thune and Noem, they now advance to the November general election to face Democrat opponents. Johnson has a Libertarian Party opponent in Collin Duprel.

In local races, Lee Schoenbeck defeated Colin Paulsen in the District 5 State Senate race, and Stephanie Sauder of Bryant and Fred Deutsch of Florence advanced to the general election in the District 4 House race.

Lee Gabel won his  Republican primary race for a seat on the Codington County Commission.

South Dakota voters defeated Amendment C, which would have required a 60 percent threshold in the Legislature for tax increases or expenditures exceeding $10 million. It lost by a healthy margin, with 67 percent no votes, and just 33 percent in favor.

For a look at all of the Primary Election Day numbers, click here: