SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Election night appears to be going well for Republicans across South Dakota.
Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson spent the evening watching results come in at Republican Headquarters at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel. As of 10 p.m., Nelson was leading his Democratic challenger Nick Nemec 68 percent to 31 percent.
"We've had a great night. I'm absolutely humbled with the trust that the people of South Dakota have placed with me in a really big way," Nelson said.
In a speech earlier in the night, Nelson said that he wants to keep utility rates reasonable without demonizing utility companies.
"We can do that by working with utility companies as opposed to working against them and always keeping South Dakota consumers in mind," Nelson said.
Nelson also says that he appreciates his opponent for his dedication to farmers. It's something that Nelson says he understands because he also has an agriculture background.
At the Democratic Headquarters, results are also rolling in.
That's where the youngest state senator in South Dakota, Angie Buhl, watched updated numbers.
"You have to keep everything in perspective. Everything comes and things can change so much with one precinct coming in or another. So you really have to keep that in mind and put it into context," Buhl said.
Buhl has also helped give women a voice in the state senate.
"Part of the work that I've done has focused on young families, on day care safety, on keeping kids from being exposed to toxic chemicals in their baby bottles. They're really basic things that affect people's day-to-day lives and I'm proud to be a part of that," Buhl said.
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