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Candidates stack up for U.S. Senate seat

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Voters won’t be short on options to fill South Dakota’s soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Secretary of State Jason Gant approved two more nominating petitions today, bringing the candidate total to nine.

Clayton Walker, an independent candidate from Black Hawk, is the latest to enter the race. He’s joined by two other independents seeking retiring Senator Tim Johnson’s seat: Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler and former state lawmaker Gordon Howie.

Rick Weiland is the only Democrat seeking election.

Republicans seeking the seat are former Gov. Mike Rounds, state lawmakers Larry Rhoden and Stace Nelson, attorney and Army Reserves Maj. Jason Ravnsborg and physician Annette Bosworth. They'll face off in a June 3 primary.

The winner of the primary will join the remaining four candidates for the general election on November 4.

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