STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Your impressions of the debate
Anybody see the GOP House primary debate last night on KELO? What were your impressions? Are any of the GOP's three candidates -- Chris Nelson, Kristi Noem or Blake Curd -- good enough to pu... Posted on 5/27/10 at 5:21 AM
PIERRE — Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., and the three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to run against her all agree federal spending should be cut, but they have different ideas on how to bring the budget under control.
The three Republicans have focused much of their campaigns on criticizing President Obama and Congress for driving up the national debt. Secretary of State Chris Nelson, state Rep. Blake Curd of Sioux Falls and state Rep. Kristi Noem of Castlewood face each other in the June 8 primary, with the winner to square off against Herseth Sandlin in the fall election for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House.
PIERRE — The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination to run for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House agreed on most issues during a televised forum Wednesday night, but they disagreed on who has the best chance of forcing changes in national policies.
Commenting Thursday evening on the field of Republican candidates seeking to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson said, “Somewhere there’s a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, and they are very nervous.”
Johnson’s quip followed comments from candidates Chris Nelson, Kristi Noem and Blake Curd to about 160 GOP faithful who attended the Davison Hanson County Lincoln Day Dinner at the County Fair Banquet Hall in Mitchell.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., is now “virtually tied” with one Republican opponent but is still ahead of two others in her re-election bid, according to Rasmussen Reports.
The firm’s recent survey of likely South Dakota voters finds Herseth Sandlin with 44 percent support to Republican Chris Nelson’s 42 percent. Six percent prefer another candidate and nine percent are undecided.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Republican congressional candidate Blake Curd criticized Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin on Wednesday for sending what he called campaign-style material to South Dakotans at taxpayer expense.
PIERRE — The chairman of the state Republican Party called for an “inquiry” Thursday into U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s request for lists of South Dakotans who purchased hunting and fishing licenses in 2009.
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