Noem’s balancing act: Big ambitions, South Dakota reelection


              FILE - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the George R. Brown Convention Center, May 27, 2022, in Houston.  If Noem has national ambitions, she must first take care of reelection back home in South Dakota, where many expected her to cruise to victory in a Republican-dominated sate against Jamie Smith, an opponent with no statewide experience. But her frequent forays out of state, as well as recent ethics stumbles, have given Democrats license to dream of an upset – or at least making the race close enough to raise questions about Noem’s viability on a bigger stage. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, file)
            
              FILE - South Dakota Rep. Jamie Smith announces his candidacy for governor during a news conference in Pierre, S.D., on Feb. 1, 2022.  If Gov. Kristi Noem has national ambitions, she must first take care of reelection back home in South Dakota, where many expected her to cruise to victory in a Republican-dominated sate against Smith, an opponent with no statewide experience. But her frequent forays out of state, as well as recent ethics stumbles, have given Democrats license to dream of an upset – or at least making the race close enough to raise questions about Noem’s viability on a bigger stage.  (AP Photo/Stephen Groves, File)
            
              South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem campaigns with Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for governor of Arizona, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
Noem’s balancing act: Big ambitions, South Dakota reelection