A look at some of the state’s top stories of 2018

The year in South Dakota featured a historic campaign for governor that saw voters elect the first woman for the job.

In a race that was closer than expected, Republican Rep. Kristi Noem held off Democrat Billie Sutton after an October poll showed the race as neck-and-neck.

Other top stories included the state's first execution since 2012, a decision by voters that made South Dakota the first state to change its version of Marsy's Law, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on online sales tax based on a South Dakota case, and the promotion of Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune to majority whip.

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