SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Democratic candidate Billie Sutton lost to Kristi Noem in Tuesday's election in the gubernatorial race for South Dakota. When he conceded to Noem at about midnight, he said he is still not done serving the state of South Dakota. He lost with 48% of the votes in the race.
He was very emotional as he took the stage at The District in Sioux Falls. Sutton thanked his campaign staff, the volunteers, his friends, and his wife for the long hours they put in.
"If there is a silver lining for me tonight, it is that once again, I will be seeing much more of Kelsea and Liam," he said. "Regardless of tonight's outcome, I know South Dakota's future is bright and strong and beautiful. I trust that there is a plan for the great state we all love as well; plans for a hope and a future. I hope you will continue to work with me every day to build that future."
Sutton brought up that he kept coming back to the same bible verse that has got him through his accident that happened 11 years ago. That bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.