A head to head comparison of the South Dakota 2018 General Election gives us an idea of the break down of the voters.
Kristi Noem received 172.9k (51.0 %) votes, beating Billie Sutton who gained 161.5k (47.6 %) by 11.5k votes in South Dakota.
Billie Sutton won 22 counties out of the 66 counties that make up South Dakota. The record shows that Kristi Noem won 44 counties.
During the 2018 general elections, over 339k total number of votes were cast. Kristi Noem got 172,912 (173k) over Billie Sutton 161,454 (161k). He won the popular vote by 172,912 (173k). His victory in the State of South Dakota (with 172,912 votes) represents 50.0% of his popular vote victory.
Top 15 Counties in General Elections
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These 15 counties play an important role in these Primary elections. If a candidate, can get a sizable majority in the largest counties (Minnehaha, Minnehaha and Minnehaha), it becomes very difficult to win majorities in the smaller counties without voter outreach and increased voter participation in them.
Top 15 Counties Comparison in General Elections
Minnehaha, Minnehaha and Minnehaha, three of the larger counties voted in favor of Billie Sutton, giving him a 15k vote advantage.