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Nearly half of all legislative seats to get filled after Tuesday primary election

Kent Osborne

Tuesday is primary election day in South Dakota.

Every state legislator is up for reelection.

Many of the legislative candidates who win today will be unopposed in November.

President Joe Biden is running against three other Democrats.

With former president Donald Trump and South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson running unopposed, there are no statewide races for voters to weigh in on.

Instead, voters are weighing in on 44 Republican primary races across the state—both in the state House and Senate.

There’s one Democratic primary race in District 27, which encompasses the Pine Ridge reservation.

Standing outside of the Pennington County Administration building Monday morning, Rapid City resident Tony Harrison says takes pride in voting in every election he can.

“Frankly, if you don’t vote you can’t complain," Harrison said. "Too many people complain about what’s going on and don’t vote. That’s not the way to do it.”

Just over half of the candidates running for state Senate in the primary election are running unopposed in the general election. The same goes for about 40 percent of House candidate, who can expect to win their general election later this year.

Secretary of State Monae Johnson is encouraging voters to check their polling location before they head out to vote.

Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm local time.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.