SD Gov Rebuffs Trump On Challenging GOP Senator

The Argus Leader reports:

President Donald Trump is calling on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to challenge fellow Republican Sen. John Thune in his 2022 primary election, despite the governor already saying she will seek re-election of her governorship instead.

Noem’s been an ardent supporter of Trump’s during the presidential campaign, making several speaking appearances and fundraising stops for him leading up to November’s election. But she’s said since then that she won’t challenge Thune, who she considers a personal friend.

Her communications director, Ian Fury, told the Argus Leader today that despite the president’s latest comments, the governor is committed to being governor and has no intention of running for U.S. Senate. “Her position hasn’t changed,” he said.

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