SD Senate GOP leader keeps seat after recount in close race

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Senate Republican leader Blake Curd is holding onto his legislative seat after surviving a recount in his close race for re-election.

Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz says Curd's election night victory will stand following recounts in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties for the Sioux Falls state Senate seat. Democratic candidate Kasey Olivier requested the recount after unofficial results showed her down by 27 votes out of 9,717 cast for both candidates.

Olivier says the recount ended with a similar margin. After nearly unseating the Senate Republican leader, Olivier says she plans to run for political office again in 2020.

Curd didn't immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press. Curd's victory clears him to seek another term as majority leader, an office Senate Republicans plan to fill next week.

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