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Mike Rounds submits signatures to get on ballot

Former Gov. Mike Rounds is considered the frontrunner for frontrunner for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election. (File photo)

PIERRE (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds says he has submitted more than 7,000 signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State's office to get on the ballot as a Republican candidate for Senate.

The Secretary of State must verify 1,950 of the nominating petition signatures for Rounds to qualify for a position on the primary ballot.

Rounds says he received signatures from every county in South Dakota.

Also running for the GOP are state Rep. Stace Nelson of Fulton, Sioux Falls physician Annette Bosworth, state Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center and Yankton attorney and Army Reserves major Jason Ravnsborg.

Rick Weiland is the unopposed Democratic candidate. Former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler is running as an independent candidate.

The Republican primary will be held on Tuesday, June 3.