Indian vote in South Dakota still a hot item

The power of the Indian vote continues to resonate in South Dakota as the crucial November 2 election approaches.

Indian voters will play a key role in determining who wins the U.S. Senate race. Incumbent Tom Daschle, a Democrat, and Republican John Thune have been courting Indian Country heavily.

Daschle has long had staff and volunteers on the state's reservations. Thune, who didn't make much of an effort in 2002 when he lost to Sen. Tim Johnson, has made 25 visits to reservations this year, The Rapid City Journal reported.

Allegations of voter fraud linger from 2002, when Johnson won by 524 votes. Almost every charge was dismissed by the Republican state attorney general but some conservatives and Republicans contend the election was stolen from Thune.

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Reservation tallies eyed (The Rapid City Journal 10/10)

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