In South Dakota’s midterm primaries on Tuesday, a trio of Republican incumbents face off against primary opponents running to their political right.
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Gov. Kristi Noem, who is seen as a potential future White House prospect, is favored to win the GOP nomination. A rival, state legislator Steve Haugaard, argued that Noem was spending more time trying to build a national political profile than focusing on his work at home.
US Senator John Thune faced Trump’s wrath after he dismissed the former president’s claims of voter fraud. However, no well-known challengers have emerged in Thune’s re-election bid. One of his opponents, Mark Mowry, was among the crowds who demonstrated near the Capitol on January 6.
In the House, Republican state legislator Taffy Howard is trying to unseat GOP Rep. Dusty Johnson in the state’s only district. Johnson touts his Conservative voting record while maintaining an ability to work across party lines, but Howard has tried to cast him as a foot soldier for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Associated Press writer Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, SD, contributed to this report.