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March 18, 2018 02:14 PM

How 3 Governor Hopefuls Fared In Legislative Session

In the 2018 legislative session, they were South Dakota's attorney general, lone congresswoman and state Senate Democratic leader. Next year, one will likely be governor.

The state's top gubernatorial candidates pushed for legislation to crack down on drug dealers, improve access to public records or promote free speech on college campuses during the session that officially ends later this month.

The candidates all praised the state's balanced budget and a precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University. But each has a different plan for their first year in the governor's office in 2019.

Attorney General Marty Jackley and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem are competing in the Republican primary in June, while Sen. Billie Sutton is the only Democrat vying to replace retiring GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

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