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Noem raises almost $1M in 4th quarter

February 1, 2021 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem, who has said she’ll seek a second term as governor next year, reported raising nearly $1 million in the fourth quarter.

In a report filed Friday, the Republican reported raising about $966,000 to end the year, and spent just under $400,000. Her largest expenditure was $185,000 for political consulting. Most of the money came from out-of-state donors after she campaigned throughout the country for former president Donald Trump and other Republicans.

Roughly 80% of donors listed on Noem’s report were from other states besides South Dakota, the Argus Leader reported. Donors who give $100 or less are not required to be listed. Among listed donations from individuals, about $176,000 came from South Dakota residents, while nearly $428,000 came from residents of other states.

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Noem also received $152,000 from campaign committees across the country. The largest donation came from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is from California. He gave $100,000 from his House campaign fund.

Noem’s report showed a year-end balance of about $1.4 million.

Trump urged Noem to challenge Sen. John Thune in a primary, but she has said she won’t. Trump was angry at Thune’s remarks on his election loss.

Noem narrowly defeated Democrat Billie Sutton in 2018.