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Pair of Republicans running for SD Governor

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This year's Republican primary includes two candidates for governor. The first is an incumbent with a 50% approval rating, according to our Survey USA poll.

"I think voters want people to be honest about their attitudes about things and not be mealy-mouthed about things. Even if voters may disagree they respect people that will be forthright, so I'm going to try and continue to be forthright about the things I believe and the positions I take," said Governor Dennis Daugaard.

A self-proclaimed underdog, said Lora Hubbel, entered the race because she strongly opposes Governor Daugaard's support of Common Core.

"I just thought when people heard about Common Core they would reject it, but that's not the case. Evidently, Common Core comes with a lot of money and a lot of influence and a lot of arm-twisting, and I'm not susceptible to that," said Hubbel.

In the governor's race, we asked which one issue will be most important in deciding how you will vote. 27% of those polled said Medicaid.

"If we do expand Medicaid that will create a reliance upon it by the citizens who are newly benefiting. Once you go down that path it's hard to retreat," said Daugaard.

Added Hubbel, "At one time my family was on Medicaid and it's a failed system. The care is horrible, you don't get a lot of doctor choice. That is a government program run amuck."


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27% of those polled said economic development is most important.

"I love selling South Dakota. I love telling those stories because we really have a fantastic economic environment to sell," said Daugaard.

Same sex marriage is a constant talking point. 12% of those polled said it will decide how they vote. The governor says its up to South Dakotans to judge.

"The term has already been defined between a man and woman not between anything or animal. It is already defined. If they want a civil union they can call it a civil union," said Hubbel.

She says she would like to debate the governor and wants voters to know.

"I don't make decisions instantly. I don't make decisions on someone else's opinion. I will take their opinion. I will research an awful lot," said Hubbel.

Meantime, the Governor says he welcomes competition in the gubernatorial race.

"I hope at the end of the day voters will look at my record, look at my position on emerging issues, look at my values and the way I've handled myself not just during my time as governor but over the course of my life. (Hopefully) they'll think he's worth another shot at another four years."

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