Bloomberg Politics reported Wednesday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to spend $1 million on the South Dakota Senate race, as the race starts to draw unexpected attention as polls have shown the presumed GOP frontrunner, former Gov. Mike Rounds, failing to pull away.
It is a huge infusion of money into the race. As TPM reported earlier on Wednesday, the campaign-finance-focused MayDay PAC is also planning to spend $1 million to support Democratic candidate Rick Weiland. Outside groups had spent only $350,000 in South Dakota since Sept. 1.
Recent polling has put the national spotlight on the state, as Rounds has struggled to break away from Weiland and independent candidate, former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler. TPM’s PollTracker average currently has Rounds at 35 percent, Pressler at 29.3 percent and Weiland at 28 percent.
Bloomberg reported that Democrats believe they would keep the seat, being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), with either Weiland or Pressler, who despite his previous party affiliation supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Pressler has not said publicly with which party he would caucus.