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Former governor Rounds outraises opponents in SD Senate race

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds raised far more money in the past three months than his three opponents for the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. Senate, according to reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

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Rounds and the other candidates are seeking the seat now held by Democrat Sen. Tim Johnson, who isn't seeking re-election after three terms. The other GOP candidates are state Sen. Larry Rhoden, of Union Center; state Rep. Stace Nelson, of Fulton; and Sioux Falls physician Annette Bosworth. While Rounds started his campaign last year, the other three entered the race partway through the quarter.

Rounds' campaign raised $607,000 from July through September, the Argus Leader reported. Rhoden reported raising more than $62,000 in the three-month period, Bosworth raised $50,000 and Nelson raised more than $43,000. While Rounds raised money for all 92 days during that period, Rhoden was in the race for 83 days, Bosworth for 77 days and Nelson for 44 days.

Democratic candidate Rick Weiland, of Sioux Falls, raised $170,000.

Rounds had slightly more than $1 million in cash on hand at the end of the quarter, while Weiland had $315,000.

Rounds has said he intends to raise $9 million for his campaign.

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