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No legislative challengers succeeded vs. incumbents in Tuesday primaries

PIERRE — No incumbent lawmaker lost in the unofficial results, but one faces a potential recount, and voters chose new legislators from various districts Tuesday in Republican and Democratic primary elections across South Dakota.

Primaries in some areas settled legislative contests outright because there weren’t other candidates filed, especially in the vast central and western districts where one or the other of the major political parties dominates voter registration.

That was the case for the Senate seat in District 29, where Rep. Gary Cammack of Union Center won the Republican primary to succeed Sen. Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center, who ran for the U.S. Senate nomination.

Terri Haverly of Rapid City won the Senate seat for District 35 where she defeated Larry Baker of Rapid City in the Republican primary. Haverly, wife of former legislator Jeff Haverly, will succeed Sen. Mark Kirkeby, R-Rapid City, who didn’t seek re-election.

Three single-seat House subdistricts were decided in the primaries.

Shawn Bordeaux of Mission won the Democratic primary for House 26A, succeeding Rep. Troy Heinert, D-Mission, who’s running for the district’s Senate seat because Democratic Sen. Larry Lucas has moved from Mission to Pickstown.

Rep. Dean Schrempp of Lantry turned back a challenge in the Democratic primary from former Rep. Thomas Van Norman of Eagle Butte for House 28A.

J. Sam Marty of Prairie City won the three-way Republican primary for House 28B seat now held by Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City, who’s term-limited in the House and running for Senate.

The two District 23 House members likewise were chosen in their five-way Republican primary, won by Rep. Justin Cronin of Gettysburg and Michele Harrison of Mobridge. She will replace Rep. Charles Hoffman, R-Eureka, who didn’t run.

Complicating the District 23 race was its geographic spread of eight counties and the candidates’ home-area popularity.

Cronin, the House Republicans’ assistant leader, emerged by finishing first in five counties and second in two others. Harrison didn’t win in any county but had two strong second places.

In District 1 of northeastern South Dakota, Rep. Dennis Feickert of Aberdeen and Steven McCleerey of Sisseton won the two House seats. They placed 1-2 in a three-way Democratic primary.

One of the District 1 seats was wide open because Rep. Susan Wismer, D-Britton, ran for governor. She won the Democratic nomination.

The two District 29 House seats went to Republican primary winners Rep. Dean Wink of Howes and former Rep. Thomas Brunner of Nisland as they came through a five-candidate field. Brunner succeeds Cammack.

There could be recounts in at least three contests for nominations for the right to be on the November general ballot. The threshold is 2 percent to petition for a recount.

Foremost is District 33, where Sen. Phil Jensen of Rapid City won by 30 votes over David Johnson of Rapid City in the Republican primary.

Robin Page of Rapid City won the Democratic primary for District 33 Senate.

Recounts also are possible in House District 11, where former Rep. Mark Willadsen of Sioux Falls won the second slot for a Republican nomination by 11 votes; and in District 14, where Tom Holmes of Sioux Falls took the second Republican nomination by 16 votes.

Currently outside the 2 percent threshold is the District 3 Senate Democratic nomination. Mark Remily of Aberdeen won by 23 votes over Angelia Schultz of Aberdeen.

The winner faces Rep. David Novstrup of Aberdeen, who was term-limited in the House.

District 24 saw all three Republican incumbents win diffi - cult primary contests to make the November ballot.

Sen. Jeff Monroe of Pierre won the rematch with former Rep. Tad Perry of Fort Pierre for the Senate nomination with a larger margin than in their 2012 battle.

The House nominations went to Rep. Mary Duvall of Pierre and Rep. Tim Rounds of Pierre over the comeback attempt of former Rep. Mark Venner of Pierre.

There was little drama in the big win by Matt Stone of Yankton for the Republican Senate nomination in District 18.

Stone faces House Democratic leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton on the November ballot. Hunhoff is running for the Senate this time. His sister-in-law, Sen. Jean Hunhoff of Yankton, is term-limited and is a candidate for the House.

In the District 16 House Republican primary, Rep. Jim Bolin of Canton and Rep. David Anderson of Hudson fi nished 1-2 in a three-way contest to make the November ballot.

Anderson was appointed to a vacancy in 2013 by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The night’s biggest surprise might have been the victory by Joshua Klumb of Mount Vernon, who placed first in the District 20 House Republican primary.

Taking second was Rep. Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell, in the three-candidate contest. One seat is wide open because Rep. Lance Carson, R-Mitchell, was term-limited.

Other incumbents winning nominations in their primaries were Rep. Jim Stalzer, R-Sioux Falls; Rep. Lance Russell, R-Hot Springs; Rep. Mike Verchio, R-Hill City; Rep. Jacqueline Sly, R-Rapid City; Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City; and Rep. Chip Campbell, R-Rapid City.

Lynne DiSanto of Rapid City won the District 35 House Republican primary, placing ahead of Campbell and Nancy Trautman. One seat is wide open because Rep. Don Kopp, R-Rapid City, didn’t seek re-election.