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Nelson says he's proud of campaign, votes earned

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — State Rep. Stace Nelson says he's proud of the number of votes he received in his run for U.S. Senate, especially when compared to the amount of money spent on the campaign.

Nelson finished third in the GOP primary with slightly less than 18 percent of the Republican vote. Former Gov. Mike Rounds received nearly 56 percent.

Also competing for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson were physician Annette Bosworth, attorney and Army Reserves Maj. Jason Ravnsborg and state Sen. Larry Rhoden.

Nelson says he's proud that he ran on his conservative record, and his only regret is that he should have entered the race sooner.

He says he now plans to spend more time with his grandchildren.