Republican Chris Nelson re-elected as South Dakota PUC

Published: Nov. 8, 2016 at 11:11 PM CST
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Republican Chris Nelson says he is "absolutely humbled" by the support shown by voters who have given him another term on the state's Public Utilities Commission.

Nelson triumphed Tuesday over Oglala Sioux green energy entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud, a Democrat.

Nelson says his top priority during his next term will be to expand broadband internet access in rural areas. He says there are areas in South Dakota that have "world-class internet access, but you can literally go across the gravel road and the neighbor will have no access whatsoever."

He says he will also try to keep utility rates as low as possible.

Red Cloud was a first-time candidate running on a green energy platform. He did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment on the election's outcome.

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