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Watch Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland's new country music video for his campaign. (Really!)

If Democratic candidate Rick Weiland doesn't win his Senate race in South Dakota, he might still have a future on the folk music circuit.

Weiland, a former FEMA official under President Bill Clinton, posted his own new music video on Tuesday, titled "Big Wheel." Set to the tune of the classic Bob Dylan bootleg "Rock Me Mama" (along with the style of the expanded, fully produced version decades later by the country band Old Crow Medicine Show, "Wagon Wheel"), the candidate strums his guitar and sings to supporters about how he's traveled the whole state, and is campaigning without big money on his side.

"So I'm running for the Senate, but I ain't a big wheel / Don't have an RV, just my automobile / Heeeeeyyy, no one's bought me."

Weiland is trailing Republican former Gov. Mike Rounds in a three-way race that also includes former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler running as an independent. The seat is currently held by Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, who is retiring after three terms. --Eric Kleefeld