Rhoden still pondering U.S Senate run

State Sen. Larry Rhoden is still considering running for U.S. Senate, the Union Center rancher said.

"We’ve not done a great deal since (the legislative) session got out (in March)," said Rhoden, a Republican. "We continue to (gather) input and look in that direction."

So far former Gov. Mike Rounds is the only announced Republican candidate for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson. Several other Republicans, including Rhoden, state Rep. Stace Nelson and former lawmaker Bill Napoli have expressed interest in the race, while U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has refused to rule a race out.

Rhoden said he doesn’t have a timeline for making a decision.

"I know that time keeps slipping away, but I still feel we’re at the point where I don’t have to lock down a decision as of yet," Rhoden said.