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Voters say start of 2014 US Senate race 'way too early'

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Mike Rounds said he was forced to announce early for the 2014 Senate race by federal laws on campaign fundraising.

"We had to comply with the FEC once we reached $5,000," he said. "You basically have to announce."

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The Federal Election Commission mandates that candidates for federal office must file a statement of candidacy within 15 days of raising or spending $5,000.

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