SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is looking to show her strength with Republican voters in Tuesday’s primary.
She, along with U.S. Sen. John Thune and Rep. Dusty Johnson, are looking to fend off challengers running to their right.
Noem has parlayed popularity with Republicans for her hands-off approach to pandemic restrictions into national prominence. But that hasn’t insulated her from criticism from the far right in South Dakota.
Tuesday’s primaries may give an indication of just how strong the far right wing of the Republican party has grown in South Dakota.