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Jan. 23, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

While Rep. Stephanie Her­seth Sand­lin‘s (D) “at­tent­ive con­stitu­ent ser­vice and mod­er­ate vot­ing re­cord have made her pop­u­lar,” Sec/State Chris Nel­son (R) and state Sen. Blake Curd (R) “ex­pect that the volat­ile” en­vir­on­ment will of­fer a “unique op­por­tun­ity to oust her.”

While the GOP “isn’t ex­pec­ted to take sides in the primary,” DC GOP­ers “have high hopes for Curd’s can­did­acy” be­cause of his back­ground and self-fund­ing abil­ity. Curd is an or­tho­ped­ic sur­geon who con­duc­ted search-and-res­cue mis­sions as an Air Force re­serv­ist in the first Gulf War. GOP­ers view Curd’s med­ic­al back­ground “as a ma­jor polit­ic­al as­set.”

Nel­son, mean­while, “is tied” to the SD pol. es­tab­lish­ment “and has only re­cently be­gun to es­tab­lish his con­ser­vat­ive bona fides” (Kraush­aar, Politico, 10/13).


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