Rounds visits De Smet

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Mike Rounds, the Republican United States Senate candidate from South Dakota, stopped Oct. 9 at The De Smet News.


Rounds served as South Dakota’s governor from Jan. 7, 2003, until Jan. 8, 2011. From 1991-2001, he represented District 24 in the South Dakota Senate.


Three other contenders vying for Tim Johnson’s senate seat when Johnson retires this November are Democrat Rick Weiland, a businessman from Sioux Falls, and two Independents, Larry Pressler, who, as a Republican, served from 1975-79 in the United States House of Representatives and from 1979-97 in the United States Senate, and Gordon Howie, a registered Independent who says he “fully embraces the Republican party platform.”


The latest SurveyUSA poll puts Rounds in the lead with 35 percent of people polled saying they plan to vote for him. But the gap is narrowing.  Rounds’ rating is four points lower than a month ago, when he had 39 percent. Pressler is steadily gaining support with 32 percent, up from 25 percent a month ago.  Weiland has held steady with 28 percent. Only 3 percent of those polled support Howie.


“We’ve told everyone this is nothing to take for granted. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Rounds said. “People say South Dakota is a red state, but it’s not, it’s purple.” “We think we’ll get those votes back,” he said,  “A lot of Republicans thought Larry was still a Republican, but he is more on the left side.” Rounds criticized Pressler for opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline and supporting President Obama and some of his policies, including the Affordable Care Act.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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