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South Dakota Democratic Party stands by its lone candidate for U.S. Senate

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The deadline to file for South Dakota's U.S. Senate seat has now passed.

And Rick Weiland is the only Democrat in the race.

But a recent article on the website thehill.com asks the question "why is Rick Weiland  getting the cold shoulder from his own party?"

KSFY News spoke with the leader of the South Dakota Democratic party.

This article on the hill.com mentions it's interview with senate majority leader Harry Reid last summer, in which he said 'Weiland is not my choice."

But at least here in South Dakota, the leader of the Democratic party says they will stand by their man.

It's a one man race to the U.S. Senate for lone Democrat Rick Weiland.

But there's a long list of republicans competing for Tim Johnson's soon to be vacant senate seat.

And they are former South Dakota governor Mike Rounds, state senator Larry Rhoden, state representative Stace Nelson, Yankton lawyer Jason Ravnsborg, Sioux Falls doctor Annette Bosworth, and Larry Pressler hopes to make a return to the U.S. Senate. This time, Pressler's  running as an independent.

Weiland may not have to compete against another democrat but does he have the support of his own party?

South Dakota Democratic party executive director Zach Crago said "I don't think there's any problem with Rick's support among democrats here in South Dakota. He is truly a progressive candidate in the same vein of McGovern. He's going town to town, door to door, in the exact same way that Daschle did, and he is fighting for every day South Dakotans. He's going to bring that fight to Washington. At the end of the day, that's something that Democrats can be proud of."

While the South Dakota Democratic party leader couldn't comment about Harry Reid's thoughts, he says Weiland's focus is on listening to the concerns of every day people.

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