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Candidates make final push ahead of primary

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A former governor, two state lawmakers and two political newcomers are making their final pitches to South Dakota voters as they vie for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson.

Former Gov. Mike Rounds, state Sen. Larry Rhoden, state Rep. Stace Nelson, attorney and Army Reserves Maj. Jason Ravnsborg and physician Annette Bosworth will face off in Tuesday's Republican primary.

A winner with at least 35 percent of the vote earns the nomination. Otherwise, a runoff between the winner and second-place finisher will be scheduled.

In the race for the governor, Gov. Dennis Daugaard faces former state Rep. Lora Hubbel in the Republican primary. Former state wildfire agency head Joe Lowe and state Rep. Susan Wismer are seeking the Democratic nomination.