Rounds wins GOP nod in virus-altered South Dakota primary

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota election officials are working to process a historic number of absentee ballots as polls closed in the primary election.

The secretary of state’s office reported that nearly 87,000 absentee ballots had been returned by Tuesday afternoon, which is almost four times the number received in the 2018 primary. The secretary of state encouraged absentee voting in order to avoid coronavirus infections.

Joe Biden easily carried the state in the path to the Democratic nomination for president, and President Donald Trump won without opposition on the Republican side.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Mike Rounds easily won his nomination, and Rep. Dusty Johnson was considered a strong favorite for a chance at a second term.

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