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'Is the Democratic Party supporting Rick Weiland for U.S. Senate?'

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Rick Weiland is the only Democrat in the South Dakota race for U.S. Senate.

But an article on the website thehill.com asks the question "is Weiland being shunned by his own party?"

KSFY News spoke with Weiland to find out if he's feeling the cold shoulder or a warm embrace.

We asked Weiland if he's facing a lack of support from his own party.

Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland said "I think it's something you have to earn. I want to earn the right to fight big money's influence in congress, that's why I'm traveling to every town in south Dakota talking to the people of our state."

And while he might not be getting a warm embrace from some Democratic party leaders in Washington, in South Dakota, it's another story.

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 ."

"I am focused on South Dakota. I'm 311 towns serious, that's how many incorporated towns there are in South Dakota, I've made the commitment to travel to each and every one of those towns and right now, we're at about 285, of the 311," Weiland said.

Weiland has his eye on taking a seat in the Senate in Washington but he says his focus is a little bit closer to home.

"I think that we are gaining traction everyday. everyday, I'm on the road, I feel that our campaign is getting momentum. and the fact of the matter is, this election is not going to be decided in Washington dc, it's going to be decided by the people of south Dakota," Weiland said.

We asked Weiland if he had spoken with Senate majority leader Harry Reid and he said "he has not."
But he did say he's had conversations with former senate majority leader Tom Daschle and outgoing Senator Tim Johnson, both of whom he calls supportive.

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