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).