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Noem wins reelection in South Dakota amid 2024 buzz

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has defeated a Democratic state lawmaker to win reelection.

Noem leaned heavily on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a first term marked by positioning for a possible White House bid in 2024.

The Republican governor eased past state Rep. Jamie Smith after raising more than $15 million via a nationwide fundraising network.

Noem has said she would serve a full four-year term if reelected, but she generated speculation about higher political ambitions by becoming a fixture in conservative media and making appearances in key 2024 states.

Her fundraising haul was a historic amount of money for a South Dakota gubernatorial candidate.

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