Republican candidates held tight to the top two spots in the District 29 House race, with newcomer Kirk Chaffee of Sturgis and incumbent Thomas Brunner of Nisland taking the early lead and holding on for the win.

Chaffee, now director of Equalization & Planning for Sturgis, was appointed to the ballot when gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem picked incumbent Larry Rhoden, of Union Center, as her running mate candidate.

With 34 of 38 precincts reporting, Chaffee led with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Brunner with 36 percent.

Democratic challengers Jade Addison and Michael McManus, both of Sturgis, trailed with 13 percent each. 

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In the District 29 senate race, Republican incumbent Gary Cammack of Union Center easily won re-election, defeating Democratic challenger Matt Kammerer, of Rapid City, by nearly a 3-1 margin.

Cammack pulled 72 percent of the vote, with Kammerer at 28 percent.

District 29 includes most of Meade County and a small, rectangular portion of extreme south-central Butte County. 

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