RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Senate candidate Larry Rhoden has endorsed Mike Rounds at the South Dakota Republican Party’s convention.
The Argus Leader reports Rhoden was expected to back Rounds eventually, but his appearance Friday in Rapid City came as a surprise. Rhoden says Republicans need to be unified.
Rounds thanked Rhoden and former candidate Jason Ravnsborg for their support. He gave a speech that was an appeal to “take back our country” by giving Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.
The state Republican Party says it expects record attendance at the convention that opened Thursday.
Most candidates already have been chosen in state primaries, but Pierre’s Pat Miller and Shantel Krebs of Sioux Falls will be competing for the Secretary of State nomination Saturday.
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