PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre lawmaker says he has yet to decide whether he will ask for a recount–after unofficial results show a 36 vote difference in the Senate race for District 24. Tad Perry who has served as a District 24 Representative, ran against former lawmaker Jeff Monroe in the District 24 Senate Republican race Tuesday. At the end of the day, the tally showed that Monroe’s vote count was 2,001 votes to Perry’s 1,965. Perry said he felt proud of the campaign that he and his supporters ran.
Perry believes that the primary didn’t have a big draw for voters; which resulted in fewer people going to the polls.
Perry says he thought the Senate race would be a close one and it was. Perry will have three days after the June 12 state canvas to request a recount.
Meanwhile, former District 24 lawmaker, Jeff Monroe says it’s anyone’s guess as to why Tuesday’s results came out as they did.
Monroe points to his supporters as a big part of his campaign.
Monroe served in the State House from 1996 to 2002. He lost to Patricia de Hueck in 2002 in a bid for State Senate in 2002 by about 70 votes. The Secretary of State’s office shows that one person has filed as an Independent candidate for District 24 Senate for the November ballot—George Dummann.
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