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    Mitchell - South Dakota's two U.S. House candidates took up the familiar themes from their June 1 election here Wednesday in their first joint appearance since that special election.

      WASHINGTON - Democrat John Kerry, whose nominating convention highlighted his war service and focused on national security, has narrowed the gap on President Bush's strong suit of protecting the country, according to an Associated Press poll that shows the race remains tight.

        RAPID CITY - Promising to outwork all other candidates, former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler announced Saturday he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2002 election.

          RAPID CITY - As South Dakota's Republican U.S. House nominee Larry Diedrich strives to become a household name throughout the state, a fellow Republican who is a household name in political circles stopped in Rapid City Sunday.

            WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Voters began casting ballots Monday in Florida, encountering long lines at the polls and a few ballot-box glitches four years after the 2000 presidential election fiasco.

              BOSTON Sen. John Kerry challenged President Bushs Iraq policy in blunt, biting terms Thursday night and promised cheering Democratic National Convention delegates, I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war.


              In a Friday debate defined by disagreement, South Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates took opposite positions on whether any support for the nation's B-2 stealth bomber fleet undermines Ellsworth Air Force Base, home to about 26 of the nation's 60 in-service B-1B Lancer bombers.

              NEW YORK - Republican National Convention co-stars Laura Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger commended President Bush to the country for four more years Tuesday night, hailing him as a man of strength leavened by compassion. "You can count on him, especially in a crisis," the first lady said.

              RAPID CITY - Republican Senate candidate John Thune is reaching out to Indian Country - a landscape that has offered him little past support - as he begins his campaign against another formidable incumbent, Sen. Tom Daschle.

              In the final stretch of South Dakota's special U.S. House campaign, last-minute campaign contribution reports show that Republican Larry Diedrich took $8,400 from organizations that oppose mandatory country-of-origin meat labeling.

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