Five Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson will square off in a live television debate on Thursday night.
The South Dakota Public Broadcasting debate begins at 8 p.m. It is airing live on SDPB-TV.
Former Gov. Mike Rounds is considered the front-runner. He's being challenged by state Rep. Stace Nelson, of Fulton; state Sen. Larry Rhoden, of Union Center; Yankton attorney and soldier Jason Ravnsborg; and Sioux Falls physician Annette Bosworth.
The Republican primary election is June 3.
The GOP candidate will face Democrat Rick Weiland and three independents - former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler, former state lawmaker Gordon Howie and Black Hawk resident Clayton Walker.
A replay of the debate will air on SDPB radio Monday at noon.
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