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A closer look at South Dakota's Senate candidates

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It is ‘Your Voice, Your Vote’ and as the days grow closer for the South Dakota Primary Election, June 3rd, we are taking a closer look at the candidates vying for US Senate.

With eight candidates running and only one seat, the race is tight.

“I think the people want results. They want to fix things in Washington, D.C. That's our message. That'll come out clearly in the primary," Mike Rounds said.

Former Governor Mike Rounds says it’s all about taking South Dakota common sense to the capitol.

“We can't fix Washington unless republicans have a stronger voice in the senate. I'm committed to that. I want to see results. I want to give back to the point where we're no longer adding to the national debt, passing a budget every single year,” Rounds said.

Another familiar face, republican candidate and former lawmaker Stace Nelson.

“My last four years have been in the legislature. Got that experience, parliamentary procedure. I know what it takes to get a bill passed and to oppose bad legislation. That's what it takes to go to the US Senate also," Stace Nelson said.

A former Marine Corps policeman, he says experience in public service has prepared him for this race.

“South Dakota needs an honest public servant. I have proven that in 27.5 years… that's what I bring to them if they send me to D.C. is an honest public servant and that's why I’d ask for the honor and privilege of their vote and chance to serve in DC," Stace Nelson said.

Yankton native, attorney and business owner Jason Ravnsborg says his background gives him what he needs for Senate.

“I believe I'm someone who can unify the Republican Party. If we aren't unified June 3rd, we wont' be in the fall. I offer the best ideas and solutions, not just for party unity because I don’t want to represent just the republicans but all of South Dakota," Ravnsborg said.

Democratic candidate Rick Weiland took his campaign to every South Dakota community and feels he’s got the upper hand to help ‘take back Washington’.

“We can take it back. We still have the votes. We can't let big money buy this election. Lets get out and talk to voters. That's the way to do this. That's what motivated me to go out and spend the last year visiting 400 towns having thousands of conversations with South Dakotans is because I'm passionate about it," Rick Weiland said.

Also running for U.S. Senate are two independent candidates.

Larry Pressler wants to end what he calls the ‘poisonous deadlock’ between the two major parties.

“I was a powerful senator for South Dakota and could be one for South Dakota. As an independent you can work with both sides," Larry Pressler said. “I would join with other independents and we would be able to be an ingredient in the senate that works on both sides, in terms of reducing deficit and other issues that aren’t being decided because Washington is becoming childishly partisan.”

Gordon Howie says South Dakotans need to elect based on principles.

“Our nation was based on foundation of faith and freedom. Today, we see too many people who are willing to compromise those principals. That was my motivation on getting into this race," Gordon Howie said. “My voting record and life in and out of politics have demonstrated that I've supported the republican platform 100%. I think it's important for voters to have the opportunity to choose someone, particularly conservative republicans, who actually supports their platform.”

No matter the platform, the candidate or the party, they all agree the road to November will be an interesting one.

We reached out to all candidates for Senate for this story. Republicans Larry Rhoden and Annette Bosworth did not respond to our requests.


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