New House speaker weathers rare opposition in nomination vote
South Dakota speaker elected after congressional speaker took days to win
It wasn’t the high-stakes showdown that the congressional speaker of the House contest turned into, not even close.
But the South Dakota House of Representatives had a rare speaker vote Tuesday in which Republicans voted against the nomination of Rep. Hugh Bartels to be speaker. Bartels, a Watertown Republican, won comfortably, but the opposition to his nomination was rare.
In all, 14 Republicans of the 63-member caucus voted against Bartels. The vote was a sign that the GOP caucus will be divided in the 98th Legislative Session.
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