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Now that the smoke has cleared from last night’s primary election, both sides have a clear view of who their opponent will be this November. In the race for governor Scott Heidepriem will be facing Dennis Daugaard. The Lieutenant Governor defeated 4 other republican candidates with more than 50-percent of the vote.

Some thought it was going to be a run-off election, but it turned out to be an overwhelming victory for Dennis Daugaard. Even though he's only going to running against one opponent in November, Scott Heidepriem, he says his campaign strategy really won't change.

"It's not so much about running against someone. It's about describing the ideas and issues I think are very important to the state and telling folks not why they should vote against someone else but why they should vote for me,” said Republican Governor Candidate Dennis Daugaard.

Daugaard says as for his competition in this election, he says there are, inevitably, some issues that they differ on, but overall he will be spending his campaign on the same path he started, traveling the state and getting out his message.

“Certainly time and distance and financing is always a challenge in a campaign. South Dakota is a big state so it takes a lot of time to drive around and try to schedule things efficiently. Sometimes you end up with a lot of windshield time and that's sometimes frustrating, but at the same time you see a lot of this great state and that's one thing I've enjoyed a great deal,” said Daugaard.

Daugaard's opposition, Scott Heidepriem plans a similar campaign that is focused on himself and his issues, and on the future of South Dakota.

"This campaign isn't about finding fault with whatever he says, it's about our positive progressive message going forward<’ said Democratic Candidate Scott Heidepriem.

Heidepriem says he's very optimistic looking down the road toward the elections.
And while he's ready for the challenges, he says he's also looking forward to the "perks" while traveling the state.

“You can't talk to one person without finding some common connection. It doesn't matter where you are, if you start talking to someone within minutes you know of someone in common. That's always true in South Dakota and that's what makes it so much fun,” Heidepriem said.

No matter what their strategy may be, both candidates are ready to hit the ground running for November's election.

Daugaard plans to name a running mate before the republican convention in a few weeks.
Scott Heidepriem named republican Ben Arndt as his running mate last week.
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