Jensen maintains lead over Stehly for council, Neitzert leads in his council district, Mickelson picks up more votes in school board race


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — With 30 of 67 precincts reporting as of 11:43 p.m., Alex Jensen continued to maintain about a nine-percentage point lead over incumbent Theresa Stehly for the at-large position on the Sioux Falls City Council.

Jensen had 3,282 votes (55.4%) to Stehly’s 2,643 votes (46.6%).

In the Northwest District, Greg Neitzert led Julian Beaudion with 849 votes to 612.

Incumbent Cynthia Mickelson leading Sarah Stokke in the Sioux Falls School Board race with 69.49% of the vote.

Early results for Sioux Falls City Council and School Board elections started to come in as of 10:05 p.m. after local election officials reported problems with ballot scanning equipment.

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As of 11:55 p.m., 547 of South Dakota’s 667 total voting precincts had reported results, according  to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website. Another 80 precincts had been partially reported.

The S.D. SOS website also said 126,695 of the state’s 546,899 registered voters had voted as of the 10 p.m. vote count.

Heat and humidity are causing problems with ballot scanners, local election officials told KELOLAND’s Perry Groten earlier tonight.

Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County election officials had reported high numbers of absentee ballots for the election.

Election officials told KELOLAND tonight that absentee ballots would be counted after the in-person poll votes.

While it took some time for local election results to be processed, the state had two early winners.

The Associated Press declared Sen. Mike Rounds as the winner of the Republican Primary with Rep. Dusty Johnson as a strong favorite. Both candidates had commanding leads with 9% of the state’s precinct votes in at about 8:30 p.m. AP also projected Joe Biden to win the Democratic presidential primary.

Rep. Dusty Johnson released a statement earlier tonight in response to his declared victory in the Republican primary and he spoke with KELOLAND News tonight.

Johnson released this election statement shortly before 9 p.m. “Thousands of South Dakotans have cast their votes, giving us one of the largest congressional primary wins in state history. No candidate can win a race alone. Thank you for your encouragement, time, contributions, and prayersThis is an unusual and difficult time in our nation’s history. As I move toward the November election and the opportunity to continue representing our state, I’ll remember there is much work still to be done in the service of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

KELOLAND’s Capitol Bureau Reporter Bob Mercer was watching state legislative races including the race in South Dakota House District 24 in a five-candidate race.

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