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Gant: Voter turnout likely to be under 50 percent

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says the rain and thunderstorms affecting much of the state will likely keep voter turnout below 50 percent.

Gant earlier had predicted that at least half of the state's registered voters would hit the polls during the primary election Tuesday.

Gant says turnout so far has been between average and slightly below average across the state. He expects activity to pick up at the polls around 5 p.m. as usual.

The National Weather Service says the biggest chance of severe weather runs from the Black Hills through Winner and then into Yankton and Sioux City, Iowa.

A thunderstorm already forced U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds to change his campaign plans, as a storm has grounded his plane in Pierre.

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