SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem reported a relatively large haul of campaign cash this year as she vaulted to prominence in conservative circles nationwide for her hands-off approach to the pandemic.
The Republican governor’s state is currently suffering through one of the worst surges in the country. She has downplayed the severity of the virus and campaigned across the country as a surrogate for President Donald Trump.
Noem has made the most of her higher profile, with her gubernatorial campaign committee raising more than $850,000 between May 17 and Oct. 14. That’s a big uptick from earlier fundraising.