We are now a year from the June 3, 2014, primary elections in South Dakota. That is significant because South Dakota voters will choose a new U.S. senator next year.
As each day passes, with the field still all to himself, his decision to jump into the contest last November looks smarter.
Mike now has a head start of six months on any other candidate — if there ever is another candidate.
He used the time to raise money and put a basic organization into place.
In the first quarter of this year his campaign raised $183,463 and spent $67,654. Some observers dismissed those numbers as small and a signal that perhaps a Rounds candidacy isn’t catching fire.
Regardless, that’s more money than any other U.S. Senate candidate has brought in for the 2014 South Dakota contest.
Right now, there still isn’t a contest. No other Republican has stepped forward. No Democrat has stepped forward.
If someone plans to challenge for the Republican nomination, that person has about 55 weeks before primary day. That’s not enough time to visit each of the 66 counties at a rate of one per week.
As for money, a challenger starts in a $368,951 hole.