SD state Sen. Larry Rhoden will run for US Senate - KOTA Territory News

SD state Sen. Larry Rhoden will run for US Senate

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    State Sen. Larry Rhoden says he'll challenge former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
 
    The 54-year-old Rhoden is a rancher and custom welder from Union Center in western South Dakota. He says he decided to run because something must be done to cut federal spending and get the nation's debt under control.
 
    Rounds announced in November he would seek the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson. Johnson has since announced he won't seek re-election next year.
 
    Some Republicans have criticized Rounds for not being conservative enough on tax and spending issues.
 
    Rhoden will formally announce his candidacy Wednesday. He says his leadership positions in the state Legislature gave him the ability to change federal government policies.

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