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South Dakota state executive official elections, 2012

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Two state executive positions were up for election in 2012 in the state of South Dakota.

While South Dakota held primaries for other offices on June 5, 2012, candidates for Public Utilities Commissioner were be nominated at the Republican and Democratic state conventions in June. The general election was held on November 6, 2012.

Both of the incumbents who sought election in 2012 to the Public Utilities Commission were successful. Chris Nelson (R) defeated Nick Nemec (D), and Kristie Fiegen (R) overtook Matt McGovern (D) and Russel Clarke (L) to win the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

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Incumbent Chris Nelson (R) won the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] He announced on February 17th that he would seek election to his appointed position on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in 2012. While terms on the commission are for six years, Nelson was appointed in January 2011 and state election law requires that an election be held for the remaining four years of the term.[2]

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nick Nemec (D)
Republican Party Chris Nelson (R) IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Seat 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Nelson Incumbent 67% 226,508
     Democratic Nick Nemec 33% 111,405
Total Votes 337,913
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Nominating convention

Democrats nominated Nick Nemec at their convention in June,[3] while Republicans renominated incumbent Nelson.[4]

Incumbent Kristie Fiegen (R) was elected to serve the remaining four years of the position's six-year term the on November 6, 2012.[1] While terms on the commission are for six years, Nelson was appointed in August 2011 and state law requires an election be held for the remaining four years of the term.[5]

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Matt McGovern (D)
Republican Party Kristie Fiegen (R) IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Russell Clarke (L)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Seat 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matt McGovern 40.4% 140,443
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristie Fiegen Incumbent 53.9% 187,383
     Libertarian Russell Clarke 5.7% 19,696
Total Votes 347,522
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Nominating convention

Democrats nominated Matt McGovern at their convention in June,[3] while Republicans renominated incumbent Fiegen.[4]

Deadline Event
June 15-16 Democratic state convention
June 21-23 Republican state convention
Nov 6 General election

See also

South Dakota

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