Gubernatorial Candidates Look Ahead To General Election


The primary is over, and now two gubernatorial candidates are setting their sights on November’s general election. Representative Kristi Noem is now the republican nominee, after defeating Attorney General Marty Jackley. She now faces democratic candidate and state Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton.

One day after her win, it’s still sinking in for Kristi Noem. Now the GOP candidate for governor is looking at the many days ahead. 

“I’m incredibly humbled by the responsibility South Dakota has given me,” Noem said. 

Noem says her campaign strategy won’t change much for the general election. She says she will continue to talk with voters, and focus on workforce development and the economy. 

“There’s no doubt my work in DC on behalf of South Dakota has given me incredible insight into the influence the federal government has over our state and how we can best fight back against that influence,” Noem said. 

“I’m not a Washington insider, I’m just a South Dakotan looking to improve our state,” Sutton said. 

Democratic candidate and state senate minority leader Billie Sutton says he’s been talking with voters. He says they’re concerned about affordable education and government transparency. 

“There’s a real lack of trust in government in general and I think we owe it to the people to give that trust back. We’re going to continue to listen to the voters and support the will of the voters,” Sutton said. 

As the campaign moves forward, both candidates say there are a lot of differences between them. But a similar goal is to focus on issues important to South Dakotans, and unify voters. 

“And so, that really is an opportunity to have a leader that brings everybody to the table and works on solutions we can all wrap our arms around,” Noem said. 

“I’m going to try to appeal to anybody who wants change. Anybody who is not part of the status quo in politics as usual, that’s my base supporter,” Sutton said. 

The general election is Tuesday, November 6.

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