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House Candidates Focus On Voters In Final Days

October 20, 2010, 10:08 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

House Candidates Focus On Voters In Final Days
SIOUX FALLS, SD - It's one of the most watched, and tightest, Congressional races in the country and its happening in South Dakota. 

The race for South Dakota's lone seat in Congress is a battle between popular incumbent Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, and rising Republican star Kristi Noem. And, these final few days will decide which one gets to go to Washington.

"We know how important it is to get out, to be meeting people, to be talking to folks, asking for people's help, asking them directly for their vote," Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said.

"We're talking to independent voters, people from the Republican and Democrat party who are still undecided. It's really important that they know who the candidates are and where we stand on the issues before we get to November 2," Republican Congressional candidate Kristi Noem said.

The race has gotten a lot of national attention because it could help change the balance of power in Washington, on Wednesday night Kristi Noem appeared on Fox News.

But, the race has also taken a negative turn in the last few weeks.

"There's been negative personal attacks that have been out there that have come from the other side but I think it does a dis-service to South Dakotans. They want to talk about what matters to them, and what matters to them is what we can do to get their country on track," Noem said.

"This is about the facts. Everything in my ad is factual. That's not what we see in misrepresentation by the other side. The distractions, trying to make this all about Democrats in Washington versus my record for South Dakota," Herseth Sandlin said.

But, both candidates say in the final days before the election they have to put aside the attacks and the added attention and focus on South Dakota voters. 

"Extremely important this year that we make sure we're telling them what we'll do for them in Washington D.C. Voters need to ask themselves are they happy with the way this country has gone the last several years. Maybe its time to send somebody there who is much more effective and will actually get things accomplished," Noem said.

"We know what matters. We're going to talk to voters. We're going to stand by the record. We're going to be a straight shooter and we're going to win this election," Herseth Sandlin said.

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