- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has endorsed Republican candidate Mike Rounds for a South Dakota U.S. Senate seat.

The Pierre Capital Journal reports Santorum, a former Republican presidential candidate from Pennsylvania, praised Rounds Tuesday in Rapid City as the keynote speaker of an event hosted by the conservative Family Heritage Alliance. Santorum says the former governor is a principled conservative who would bring strong personal values to Congress.

Rounds is running against Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson.

Santorum says it’s especially important to elect Rounds as President Barack Obama is “running roughshod” over Congress. He says it’s “vitally important to South Dakota” that Republicans gain control of the Senate. They’re seeking a six-seat gain to win the majority.

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Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, https://www.capjournal.com


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