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Nelson campaign ad to feature Corn Palace

A soon-to-be-released campaign ad from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Stace Nelson will prominently feature the Corn Palace.

The ad, filmed earlier this week in front of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, should be released within a week, Nelson said in an interview this week with The Daily Republic. Nelson, of Fulton, said he chose the location near the Corn Palace because of his connections to the region.

"We wanted to highlight our roots and one of South Dakota's most famous icons," Nelson said.

The ad will be released online and will be broadcast on television in locations across South Dakota, Nelson said.

"It was a lot of fun," Nelson said. "We had a lot of people come from all over South Dakota."

During filming, Nelson was joined by about 80 to 100 supporters, who he said will also be featured in the ad.

"The ending of our commercial has the Corn Palace, and those South Dakotans are the backdrop," he said.

Nelson is in a crowded field of candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, who is not seeking re-election. On the Republican side, Nelson is joined by former Gov. Mike Rounds, of Fort Pierre; State Sen. Larry Rhoden, of Union Center; physician Annette Bosworth, of Sioux Falls; and attorney Jason Ravnsborg, of Yankton.

The only candidate on the Democratic side is Rick Weiland, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle. Former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler, who served two terms in the House followed by three terms in the Senate from 1975 to 1997, is running as an independent.

Nelson briefly mentioned in the interview Thursday a controversy that arose last month regarding an ad released by the Rounds campaign. That ad drew criticism for using stock photos not taken in South Dakota.

"It was just really fake," Nelson said. "We wanted to show Main Street America, which Main Street in Mitchell kind of represents."

Nelson was in the U.S. Marines from 1985 to 1999 and was a special agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service from 1999 to 2008. He was first elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2010, and was re-elected in 2012 as a representative for District 19.