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Nelson won't back Rounds

Stace Nelson

After his third-place showing in Tuesday’s five-way Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate, state Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, said he will not support former Gov. Mike Rounds as the Republican nominee.

“If I could support Mike Rounds, I wouldn’t have been in the race to begin with,” Nelson said Wednesday. “The politician thing is to roll over and say how great a candidate Mike Rounds is and curry favor with the political machine. That’s not who I am.”

Throughout the race, the twoterm legislator assailed Rounds for not being conservative enough, not fully supporting the South Dakota Republican Party platform and relying on out-of-state campaign donors to fund his campaign.

Former state lawmaker Gordon Howie is running in the general election as an independent, and he is likely to get Nelson’s support. Howie served in the Legislature as a Republican.

“Gordon Howie was a good Christian conservative, and my understanding is he supports the Republican Party platform,” Nelson said.