Republican Governor Makes Major Sacrifice For Trump

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( – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has refrained from endorsing any candidate in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. She expressed her belief that former President Donald Trump is the only one with a viable “path to victory.” Governor Noem, who secured re-election as a popular GOP governor, has been mentioned as a potential contender herself or as a running mate for someone else. However, she stated in an interview with KWAT radio that her focus is on South Dakota and not campaigning for the presidency like her neighboring governor, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, who recently announced his candidacy.

Governor Noem mentioned her discussions with Burgum about the 2024 election and his request for her support. She described him as a “good guy” who is “working hard” and speculated that he might perform well in Iowa, a state known for its agricultural industry. Despite this, when asked if she would endorse a candidate, Noem unequivocally declined to do so. She emphasized that President Trump’s presence in the race makes it difficult for anyone else to secure victory, given the current circumstances. Nonetheless, she encouraged people to prepare for a potentially eventful presidential race.

While numerous Republicans have emerged as challengers to Trump for the GOP nomination, the former president, aged 77, remains the frontrunner and clear favorite. Trump continues to maintain a substantial lead in early primary polls, despite facing federal indictment allegations for mishandling classified documents. Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the investigations as a “hoax” orchestrated by his opponents engaged in “election interference.”

It is worth noting that a considerable number of GOP voters do not support Trump, and the dynamics could change significantly if the field narrows to Trump and one or two other contenders. Governor Noem previously emphasized the importance for Republicans to select a candidate capable of winning. When asked in January about her potential presidential run in 2024, she indicated she was not ruling anything out, stating that the developments leading up to the election would be unprecedented and that the eventual winner might not even be among the current contenders.

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