Kristi Noem raises $1.1 million, twice as much as Sandlin
South Dakota State Rep. Kristi Noem, the Republican candidate for the state's single congressional district, raised twice as much money this quarter as the congresswoman she hopes to unseat -- 1.1 million dollars.
Dubbed "the next Sarah Palin," Noem hopes to knock out Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a popular conservative Democrat in a right-leaning state. It's the most serious challenge to Herseth Sandlin since she was first elected in 2004. As the Post wrote in 2004:
But 2010 is a different time, and Herseth Sandlin, 39, faces her most serious threat yet. Noem, 38, is authentic, tall and lean, soft-spoken but tough, an unabashed conservative who rarely strays off script. She's a made-for-Fox News star in her own right.
Whereas Herseth Sandlin grew up on a farm, Noem runs a ranch. She rides horses, herds cattle, hunts elk (with a bow), shoots prairie dogs (with a rifle) and skins pheasants. With her husband, Bryon, she takes care of two teenage daughters, Kassidy and Kennedy, a son, Booker, and a rotating crew of nieces and nephews.
Noem now has $777,000 cash on hand, compared to Herseth Sandlin's $500,000. It's a bigger haul than any other House challenger this quarter. Senate challenger Sharron Angle, meanwhile, raised an amazing $14 million this quarter in her race against Harry Reid. And Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took in $5.4 million in the past three months -- more than any Minnesota congressional candidate has raised in an entire election.
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