South Dakota Governor’s Race a Case Study in Circular Firing Squad Politics

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Posted: Nov 20, 2021 12:01 AM

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Republicans primarying Republicans has become the norm in the past few years. Conservatives support the idea of primarying candidates who have deviated from core Republican principles, yet there are some who have jumped into races for all the wrong reasons. The South Dakota race for Governor is a case study in an upstart candidate trying to take down a nationally recognized Republican leader who has been a great governor by nitpicking at her record.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has had a stellar conservative record as governor. When governors, both Republicans and Democrats, throughout the nation were implementing mandates to shut down state economies, Gov. Noem was doing the opposite. Noem refused to issue a shutdown order and never closed one church nor one business. The very first bill the governor signed after being sworn in was a constitutional carry bill that allows South Dakota’s law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. In September the governor issued an executive order to limit

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