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Here in SD we have a big Senate race going on. Daschle is up for re-election against John Thune. Most of you probably know of Tom Daschle. He is the minority leader in the Senate. He is also not liked by very many people outside of this state because he is looked upon as a bill blocker in the Senate. He philabusts and votes against almost all bills in the Senate, unless they are written to his specifications.

In support of this contention, I was recently at the Republican Headquaters in Pierre and the head guy there said that they had already rec'd thousands of contributions from sources outside of SD. He said at most they usually get a couple hundred.

John Thune is a young up and comer. Personally, I think the Republican party is using him as a pawn (MHO). He ran against Tim Johnson in the last election for US House and narrowly lost. I have had a hard time deciphering what Thune stands for. I believe the only reason he is even in this race is because he got "orders" from the higher-ups in the Republican party.

Here's my dilemna. I don't like either of these two candidates. Daschle is a bill blocker, but he has HUGE power in Washington. If we get rid of him, SD will lose any leverage they have. Thune seems to be using SD for his own future benefit IMHO. He also seems to be more of a follower than a leader and I don't think he can get much done for SD.

I'm looking for some thoughts/feelings of the other BOTL's to help me with my vote when it comes to election day. They are the only two running and I WILL vote for one, unless somehow they can get none-of-the-above on the ballot.

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