Larry Rhoden endorsed by Red State as their preferred conservative in the US Senate race.

In case you missed it, Erick Erickson, and his “Red State” organization have endorsed State Senator Larry Rhoden’s bid for office, and have included him as part of a Slate card, and national fundraising drive.

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This marks one of the only organizations to come in and choose one of the challengers to front-runner Mike Rounds, with most of the other organizations taking a pass on the candidates.

It could provide a mild boost to Rhoden, who has been in third place in fundraising so far, behind Rounds and Dr. Annette Bosworth, but ahead of Stace Nelson.

We won’t know what the 5th candidate in the race, Jason Ravnsborg is raising until around this time in April after the first quarter reporting period, since his candidacy papers weren’t filed until after the first of the year.

27 Replies to “Larry Rhoden endorsed by Red State as their preferred conservative in the US Senate race.”

    1. Anonymous

      Since Stace and Rhoden aren’t registering with voters and Bosworth is lower than they are I’d say it’s probably Mike Rounds but the way this race is going he’s also probably the only person any voter will consider a serious candidate on both sides of the aisle.

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  1. Anonymous

    Is it true that Stace is dropping out and Rhoden and Nelson are in a holding pattern to see who drops out first?

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  2. Jim G

    Good for Rhoden, and the slate card is on their website as of a couple days ago, but the only article mentioning Larry as their “choice for South Dakota Senate” was posted back on August 16…sort of a late roll-out?

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  3. grudznick

    Mr. Rhoden is a gentleman and these Red State people clearly picked him for his conservativeness and his polite yet strong force-fullness and cowboy ethics.

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  4. Mr. Bozzy

    Imagine that, Red State endorses the former Democrat. Didn’t Cory make the argument that Larry likely voted for both Carter and Weiland?

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    1. Anonymous

      No, he didn’t. He showed that he went to the voting booth but no indication of what was on the ballot. You can go vote for only one item you know (say a commissioner or local office that is on the ballot).

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  5. grudznick

    Mr. Rhoden is a rock-ribbed Republican with vast far reaching support to the corners of the state. It bothers some people to know this but so be it.

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    1. Joel

      Funny- Rhoden was a legislative leader when the Legislature passed five of the eight budgets while Rounds was Governor that spent more money then Rounds recommended. He also voted for more tax and fee increases than Rounds.

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      1. Anonymous

        Fees maybe and they work well in SD. A couple of years ago when there were millions poured into the penny tax increase, Rhoden was the sole legislative voice opposing it and it was defeated. Thank Rhoden the next time you see him!

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    2. Anonymous

      I think he has the lowest name ID in the race. Heck if it wasn’t for the blogs I wouldn’t know he was even in yet.

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    1. Anonymous

      You mean where he was the highest scoring Senator on the Freedom Index (produced by a Nelson supporter – facts are facts) and where he’s been in the top five Senators for several (maybe more) of voting the party platform? That record?

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  6. Anonymous

    Rhoden is at the end of his political career. Kind of a sad way for a cowboy to ride off into the sunset. If he’d have stayed in the Senate he might be Majority Leader today.

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    1. Anonymous

      I agree. I think he should call it quits and stay in the legislature. When I talk to people no one knows him and I travel quite a bit with my job across the state.

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      1. Anonymous

        I have too and found he has about the same as Bosworth and Nelson. More west river but more than Nelson throughout. For Boz, they just say “and some doctor with alot of baggage.” One fear I had is that the public would be duped by her/Haber but many in SD seem to be aware of the schemes.

        I find it odd that the only other candidate besides Rounds that has received national recognition with possible more to come is the one you’d suggest pull out. Probably more to that story.

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        1. Cowboy

          Yes, the people I talk with all over the State have heard of Rhoden and Stace but don’t know what they are running for. The few who know of Bosworth just have heard a lot of negative about her. They wonder about all this discipline stuff she went through and about this fraudulent raffle.

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  7. Truth?

    Is it true that Nelson is getting ready to drop out? I was at the cracker barrel in Sioux Falls, and one of my Republican friends said they’d heard that.

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