SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota voters appeared settled on who they want to fill a state Public Utilities Commission position and a seat on the state Supreme Court, as the votes continue to be counted Tuesday, Nov. 3.
In the race for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission seat, Republican incumbent Gary Hanson took a strong first place for another six-year term. At 11:20 p.m., Hanson led Democrat Remi W.B. Bald Eagle 70% to 25% with 292,384 votes counted, which may not contain all results returned by mail. Libertarian Devin Saxon was in third place with 5%. Those margins remained steady nearly all election night.
Hanson is chairman of the state PUC and has been a commissioner since 2003, winning re-election in 2008 and 2014.
In the lone state Supreme Court retention vote, voters were overwhelmingly choosing to retain Justice Steve Jensen, whose term expires on Jan. 1. Voters were supporting his retention by 82% to 18% at 10:15 p.m., with 266,936 votes counted. Again, the total of Jensen's retention votes may not include all results returned by mail.
Jensen was appointed by then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the high court in November 2017.