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June 02, 2014 05:52 PM

Majority Of SD Voters Registered Dem Or Independent

Sioux Falls, SD

A majority of registered South Dakota voters will be able to vote in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

According to statistics from the Secretary of State, 53 percent of registered voters in South Dakota are either Democrat (34 percent) or Independent (19 percent), meaning they can use a Democratic ballot during the June 3 primary.

South Dakota Secretary of State Voter Registration Totals

The 46 percent of South Dakotans who are registered Republicans will whittle down the five-candidate field and figure out who will run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday’s primary.

Republicans will also decide if they want Governor Dennis Daugaard to run for re-election in November or if they want to go with challenger Lora Hubbel.

"I think this is just as important as the main election is so that you have the person you want in there at that time to face the opposition’s (candidate), so I think it’s just as important as the general election is," registered Republican voter Dennis Lagge said Monday.

Democrats will be voting for the person they want to run against the Republican gubernatorial candidate in November. Former wildland fire director Joe Lowe is running against state Representative Susan Wismer.

In 2010, Democrats opened up their primary to registered Independents, meaning those voters can also cast their ballot in the Democratic primary.

"I just believe in taking part in the process as much as possible that way nobody can say you didn't get out there and do your thing," Independent voter John Moshier said.

So when South Dakotans head to the ballot box Tuesday, there will be candidates to vote for no matter the party affiliation.

The Secretary of State expects above average voter turnout for the primary with around 50 percent voter turnout.

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