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Rounds makes a stop in Rapid City after winning primary

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Former Governor Mike Rounds came into the U.S. Senate seat race with many calling him the favorite. After winning by a landslide, he went on a tour of the state on Wednesday.

He made a stop in Rapid City this Wednesday afternoon. Rounds thanked people for all their support. Even though he crossed one big hurdle, a primary election with four other candidates, he says the work is not over. And he says he has experience with elections.

"Every time I ran for office I put everything into it and that means you work hard from the very beginning to very end. You build a team and you ask your team members to help you out and work it all the way through," said Rounds.

Outspoken and wealthy, former state senator, Stan Adelstein is a loud supporter of Rounds.

In 2002, Adelstein's fundraising apparatus was a boon to Rounds, who was running for Governor in 2002 against two better–known Republicans in the primary.

He says Rounds has the right qualities to represent South Dakota in Washington.

"He'll be pragmatic. He'll be honest and he'll take each issue for itself and not be part of any sellout to some group," said Adelstein.

Adelstein resigned from the State Senate in December for health reasons.

He and Rounds recently took a trip to Israel together. Adelstein paid his own way, Rounds used campaign funds, using the trip as a way to gain international perspective as he runs for the U.S. Senate where he'll be expected to weigh in on foreign affairs.

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