PIERRE, S.D. — PIERRE, S.D. — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds and U.S. Congressman Dusty Johnson will once against represent South Dakota in Congress, according to a projected vote tally Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The National Election Group, a consortium of news organizations, partnered with Edison Research to project winners of national and state races. The group called the the races for Rounds and Johnson soon after South Dakota polls closed.
Johnson won over Libertarian challenger Randy "Uriah" Luallin, a mason from Hot Springs. At 11:25 p.m., Johnson was beating Luallin, 83% to 17%, with 297,815 ballots counted, although that tally doesn't necessarily include votes sent in via mail.
Rounds won over Democrat Dan Ahlers, a small business owner and former state legislator from Dell Rapids. At 11:20 p.m., Rounds was beating Ahlers 69% to 31%, with 312,506 votes counted, although the tally doesn't include results submitted via mail.
Rounds will win a six-month term, while Johnson wins a two-year term. The Two will join fellow Republican Sen. John Thune, in South Dakota's all-GOP Congressional delegation.