District 25 elects three to congress
Rave, Hansen keep seats; Ecklund to join House
November 13. 2012 2:06PM
With several decisions to be made on ballots Nov. 6, voters in District 25, which includes Dell Rapids and Baltic, among other parts of the Brandon and Sioux Falls areas, opted for two incumbent congressmen and one new representative.
Carrying 51.24 percent of the vote in District 25, incumbent senator Tim Rave (R-Baltic) maintained his seat in the South Dakota State Senate, while challenger Dan Ahlers (D-Dell Rapids) brought in 48.76 percent of the vote.
Rave won with a 272 vote margin, 5,629 to 5,357.
Also running for two seats in the South Dakota State House of Representatives were incumbent Jon Hansen (R-Dell Rapids) and challengers Scott Ecklund (R-Brandon), Bill Laird (D-Sioux Falls) and Janelle Smedsrud (D-Sioux Falls).
Hansen led the race with 33.61 percent of the total vote, while Ecklund was elected to the second rep seat in the district, with 30.91 percent. Laird topped out at 19.91 percent, and Smedsrud garnered 15.57 percent.
Hansen received 6,217 votes districtwide, while Ecklund tallied 5,718, Laird 3,684 and Smedsrud 2,880.
For the national races, Minnehaha County opted for Republican candidate Mitt Romney for president, as the challenger pulled in 52.67 percent of the vote to Democratic incumbent Barack Obama’s 45.28 percent.
Kristi Noem, the Republican U.S. Representative incumbent, topped results in Minnehaha County as well, bringing in 51.34 percent of the vote to challenger Matt Varilek’s 48.66 percent.
Voter turnout in Dell Rapids’ two precincts brought in 2,094 out of 2,788 registered voters. Baltic’s precinct saw 1,215 voters out of a registered voter pool of 1,704. Countywide, Minnehaha saw nearly 70 percent voter turnout.