Results are coming in: Here’s where the ballot measures stand now
UPDATE 11:10 p.m.: With over 250,000 ballots in, the ratios of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ votes have remained nearly the same for both ballot measures.
At the time of writing, Amendment D still had 55% ‘Yes’ votes. Support for IM 27 had risen slightly, to 46% ‘Yes.’
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The most-watched candidate races for South Dakota have already been called, with incumbents John Thune, Dusty Johnson, and Kristi Noem retaining their seats. This leaves the ballot measures as the only competitive state-wide races left in South Dakota. It’s still early in the count, and both measures could go either way. Here’s where they stand as of 9:30 p.m. Mountain Time:
Amendment D, Medicaid expansion, seems on track to pass, with 55% of the ballots counted so far voting ‘Yes.’ This is roughly on track with an October poll by South Dakota State University that showed 53% of voters supporting the measure.
At the time of writing, about 167,000 ballots had been cast. This is under half the number of ballots that are expected. In the last midterm election, 2018, there were 341,048 ballots cast in South Dakota. As the number of registered voters has increased since then, there are likely to be even more votes this year.
Meanwhile, Initiated Measure 27, which would legalize recreational marijuana, has almost perfectly opposite totals so far: 45% ‘Yes’, and 55% ‘No’. This is again, very closely in line with The SDSU Poll, which measured support at 45%.
Again, less than half of all votes are counted so far, and the votes on both of these measures are too close to call.