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Thunderstorms did not dampen Sturgis area voter enthusiasm

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STURGIS – Meade County election officials say area rainstorms did not cause problems at any of the county’s voting stations on Tuesday. Yet the political atmosphere was charged, fueling early predictions of voter turnout reaching 48 to 50 percent.

Exit polling Tuesday afternoon outside the Sturgis Community Center revealed several factors combined to fuel the high interest.

Lynn of Sturgis (who did not give her last name) said the five-way U.S. Senate race cinched her decision to ignore the weather and head to the polls. She needed to support a local favorite. “Larry Rhoden, absolutely. Go Larry,” she said pumping her right arm for the Union Center rancher.

Mary Jorensen of Sturgis was more interested in contests for county offices. "The auditor and register of deeds, those were my main ones,” she said.

Military veteran Raymond Aga of Sturgis said he was doing his patriotic duty by voting, and felt he earned the right.

Aga predicted with a smile: “I would say the Republican Party is going to probably make quite a sweep this time, just my guess.” 
Lucy Bradley of Sturgis shortly followed by simply saying “The Republicans” for her reason to vote.  

Only Republicans were involved in nine Meade County races. Tuesday’s county winners will automatically take their new offices unless independent candidates file to force the general election in November.
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