Republican Noem wins South Dakota governor race

Republican Noem wins South Dakota governor race
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Rep. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota governor signs law to allow concealed handguns without a permit South Dakota legislature votes to allow concealed handguns without a permit GOP seeks to ram through Trump’s B wall demand MORE (R-S.D.) defeated South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton (D) in the Mount Rushmore State’s tighter-than-expected gubernatorial race Tuesday.

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South Dakota hasn’t elected a Democrat for governor since 1979 and registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats in the state by nearly 100,000 in a state with a population under one million, according to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE won the state in 2016 by about 30 points and he endorsed Noem in September.

The race became a slugfest in the final weeks of the campaign, with both candidates airing negative ads on their opponents. Noem linked Sutton to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (I-Vt.) and Sutton slammed Noem as a career politician.

However, the race to replace term limited Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard was projected to be close, with The Cook Political Report rating the race as a “toss up.”