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Rep. Kristi Noem Is Running For South Dakota Governor

On Monday, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced that she would seek the office of governor in 2018. Noem was just reelected last week to a fourth term in the United States House of Representatives.

Noem’s announcement came in the form of a two-minute web video, in which she expresses her love for South Dakota while touting her Congressional accomplishments. Noem will not officially start campaigning for the office of governor until next year.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that Noem’s decision to run for governor was expedited by ballot issue that South Dakota voters approved last week:

Initiated Measure 22, which becomes law on Wednesday, contains a provision barring candidates for governor from collecting more than $4,000 a year from any person or political committee.

Once effective, the language would mean that Noem couldn’t transfer more than $4,000 from her congressional campaign account to an account for a governor’s run. Under current law, federal office holders can transfer all of their money into a state account.

For Noem, that would mean forfeiting a huge advantage: Prior to Tuesday’s election, her congressional campaign was reporting nearly $1.9 million in the bank, an amount that would make her a formidable candidate in the Republican primary.