“I don’t think this should be a surprise,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard tells The Daily Republic, and indeed I’m not even sure to what degree it’s new information. Daugaard has always been supportive of Rounds and consulted with him prior to Rounds’ Senate announcement. But this may be the first time Daugaard has been recorded as explicitly saying he’s backing Rounds in the 2014 Senate primary, though this has clearly been a fact for a long time.
Of course, Daugaard and primary endorsements have a history of their own. Will the governor get any significant backlash from endorsing Rounds, as he did when he dipped his toe into legislative primaries?