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Gordon Howie says Cantor loss means big trouble for Mike Rounds

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One man's loss is another man's gain, especially in the political world.
 
Gordon Howie of Rapid City, who is running as an Independent for a seat in U.S., said Thursday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss to Dave Brat in the GOP primary means trouble for his opponent, Republican Mike Rounds.

He said candidates with a lot of money and popularity don't necessarily get the people's vote.

"We always believed that we can win this thing, so my attitude hasn't changed. But, what it has done is demonstrate that principle can trump a big checkbook, principles can trump a personality or popularity and actually principles trump politics," Howie said.
 
But Craig Lawrence, Chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party said there is no comparison to Cantor's loss, and it will not impact the Rounds campaign negatively.
 
"If anything, that Cantor thing is a wake up call to us -  don't take anything for granted, get out your vote, identify with the people, their frustration with Washington and now you can be somebody who can really try and change the landscape for the better," Lawrence said. 

Rounds, who is a former two-term governor of South Dakota, handily won the the primary election. Rounds, Howie and Democrat Rick Weiland are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. 
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