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US House Hopefuls Campaign For Primary

May 29, 2012, 6:35 AM by Kellee Azar

US House Hopefuls Campaign For Primary

It's one week before the South Dakota primaries which means it's also one of the most crucial weeks for the two Democrats who want to run against Congresswoman Kristi Noem.

Both Jeff Barth and Matt Varilek hope to make their messages clear so voters are ready to hit the polls come Election Day. And while they may be running for the same seat, their views are not exactly the same.

"I may not be as welcome with the wine and cheese, but the working people, the blue collar people, the teachers, the farmers, those people are my people, I believe," Barth said.

"Well I am running because I want to give people of South Dakota what they deserve and that's focused on middle class people. I grew up down in Yankton and Tabor and I had to work hard my whole life to make it into the middle class and so those are personal issues for me," Varilek said.

Both candidates agree their biggest differences are the issues they believe in.

"There are a couple of issues that we differ on.  He wants to raise taxes and is against gay marriage. I don't care too much about gay marriage and I'm not opposed to it but I am opposed to raising taxes," Barth said.

For Varilek and Barth though, this week is about the voters and getting their points across.

"Well, I hope voters have been paying attention and have taken some time to get to know our different positions and see where we are coming from. I think I am in closer contact with regular people in South Dakota," Barth Said.

"I feel great.  The response that we have been getting to the issues that I have been talking about, the volunteers are busy communicating with voters as well.  But I'm not taking anything for granted I'm going to keep working hard through June 5 and beyond," Varilek said.

The South Dakota primary is June 5 but registered voters can absentee vote early.

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