Despite Primary, Rounds Remains Favorite in South Dakota

Posted July 10, 2013 at 3:30pm

State Sen. Larry Rhoden’s formal entry today into the South Dakota GOP Senate race doesn’t fundamentally change the Republican contest. Former Gov. Mike Rounds remains the party’s favorite for the nomination and for the general election.

Some conservatives are still looking for an alternative to Rounds, whom they regard as insufficiently conservative. But Rhoden, who comes from the western part of the state and has spent more than a decade in the Legislature, isn’t seen as a “movement conservative.” And while Rhoden served as state Senate majority whip, he isn’t regarded as Rounds’ political equal.

The likely Democratic nominee, Rick Weiland, so far has not caught fire and appears to be a clear underdog in the 2014 contest.

For local information on the race, see reporter David Montgomery’s recent posts here

here and

 and here.