Noem, Jackley endorse each other in 2022 campaigns

February 18, 2022

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is endorsing former attorney general Marty Jackley (pictured), her one-time political rival, as he campaigns to unseat the current Republican attorney general.

Jackley returned the favor for Noem’s reelection bid.

The mutual endorsements represented a potential political alliance between the two Republicans.

In 2018, they competed for their party’s nomination in a gubernatorial primary won by Noem. Jackley eventually endorsed Noem late in the 2018 general election campaign.

Jackley is running for his old job as attorney general as current Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg faces a House impeachment investigation for his conduct surrounding a 2020 fatal car crash.