South Dakota’s Kristi Noem Forms PAC

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem formed a new political action committee, fueling speculation the Republican is eyeing a 2024 presidential bid.

Noem Victory Fund is a federal fundraising committee enabling the governor to raise money she could then donate to candidates running for Congress and other down-ballot contests in 2022. Noem would not be the first Republican governor to use this strategy to accumulate allies inside the party in advance of a presidential bid. Noem is considered a 2024 contender, and her desire to pursue a run for higher office could explain the new PAC.

The governor turned into something of a conservative folk hero during the 2020 election cycle as she traveled the country campaigning for former President Donald Trump, while back home, she refused to implement restrictions on businesses or social gatherings in response to the coronavirus. Should Noem win reelection in the midterm elections, an outcome expected in ruby-red South Dakota, she would be positioned to mount a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

The voting is expected to begin in neighboring Iowa, with the traditional caucuses, a potential advantage for the small state governor. Indeed, Noem is headed to Des Moines in July to speak to an influential conservative group. A Noem spokesman did not return text messages and emails requesting a comment for this story. The treasurer for Noem Victory Fund also did not respond to an email requesting a comment.

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