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October 23, 2014

Slip of the Tongue in South Dakota Senate Debate (Video)

Slip of the Tongue in South Dakota Senate Debate (Video)

Republicans are favored to pick up Johnson's open seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

South Dakota Democratic Senate hopeful Rick Weiland apparently is not so hopeful.

Republican former Gov. Mike Rounds is the clear front-runner for the state’s open Senate seat, and Weiland accidentally ceded that fact at a debate Wednesday.

“Senator — or, soon-to-be —” Weiland said before catching himself and laughing. “No, not soon-to-be. That’s a good gaffe. I’ll take that back. Soon-to-want-to-be Sen. Mike Rounds.”

Rounds and Weiland won’t be alone on the general-election ballot. Two independent candidates are also running: former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. Pressler was realistic about his chances in a November interview with CQ Roll Call, saying, “If I win, I might demand a recount.”

The candidates are vying for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson. After Democrats failed to recruit a top candidate, the seat became among the most likely pickups for Republicans — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this week Democrats will “more than likely” lose it.

The race is rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

 

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