Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, saw his fundraising pace for the state's open-seat Senate race slow in the first quarter of 2013, the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls reported Monday. After hauling in $270,000 in the last month of 2012, Rounds raised just $184,000 in the first three months of 2013.
Rounds has yet to draw an opponent, so any fundraising represents a head start, but Rep. Kristi Noem -- who hasn't ruled out a primary challenge -- brought in $270,000 in her own first-quarter fundraising. Still, Rounds has $369,000 in the bank, which gives him roughly an $84,000 edge over Noem.
On the Democratic side, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, the son of Sen. Tim Johnson, and former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin are both looking at the race. South Dakota Democrats say a primary is not likely, but the two have been jostling for support behind-the-scenes.
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