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U.S. Senate candidates react to "Survey South Dakota" poll numbers

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The results of our exclusive "Survey South Dakota" poll for the U.S. Senate race show how the candidates would fare if the election were held now.

KSFY News caught up with the three leading candidates to hear what they have to say about these latest poll numbers.

Our "Survey South Dakota" poll shows former South Dakota governor Mike Rounds as the leading Republican candidate.     That would put him up against the only Democrat, Rick Weiland, and leading independent candidate, Larry Pressler.

If the election were held now, the poll shows Rounds would get 44 percent of the vote with Weiland at 30 percent and Pressler at percent.

KSFY News caught up with these three candidates to hear what they think of the "Survey South Dakota" poll numbers.

Mike Rounds said "we've been focused on the primary. It's one step at a time. You look at the first election in front of you to begin with, and that's what we're focused on right now. We're very optimistic that we'll be the Republican nominee, and once that happens, then we'll go back in and talk about what the results look like in November."

Rick Weiland said "well, I think it's all very encouraging, absolutely, but I really do think that this is all going to come down to whether it's bought on television or whether it's earned by going out and visiting with the voters of South Dakota."

Larry Pressler said "I'm very encouraged by what I've heard of the poll. I really haven't read it in depth. I don't put much stock in polls because I just don't know. People's opinions change, but I've got to work harder and harder as we go along."

Some candidates say they may not pay too much attention to polls but these numbers paint a picture of what we might see on election night.
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