June 20th, 2014

Rapid City, SD – In a surprise announcement at today’s South Dakota Republican Convention in Rapid City, Larry Rhoden of Union Center has endorsed Mike Rounds’ campaign for the United States Senate. Rhoden finished second to Rounds among a field of five in South Dakota’s Republican Primary on June 4th. A respected legislator and leader in Western South Dakota, Rhoden says he plans on campaigning for Mike Rounds from now until the November election. Larry Rhoden had the following to say in regards to his endorsement of Mike Rounds:

“Mike Rounds has served this state faithfully and honorably before and he will do so again in the United States Senate. Mike is the right choice for South Dakota . . . a responsible conservative and a man of great dignity and integrity that will stand shoulder to shoulder with John Thune in protecting the interests of all South Dakotans. I am proud to endorse Mike Rounds to be the next U.S. Senator from the great state of South Dakota.”

In addition to Rhoden, the Family Heritage Alliance also endorsed Mike Rounds at this afternoon’s luncheon. Dale Bartscher, Executive Director of Family Heritage Alliance and Family Heritage Alliance Action, told the 500 in attendance:

“Governor Rounds is closely aligned with the mission of the Family Heritage Alliance. We believe him to be a man of committed Christian faith. We believe him to be one who will champion those vital family valued issues, such as the protection of the sanctity of human life – both born and pre-born and the support of natural marriage – that wonderful institution between a man and a woman.”