Noem to headline Republican event in early-voting South Carolina

July 23, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is making her debut in South Carolina next month, an initial step of introduction to the first southern state to cast Republican-primary votes for president.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan tells The Associated Press on Friday that Noem will speak August 23 at his “Faith & Freedom BBQ” fundraiser in Anderson.

Duncan says the event is the state’s largest annual gathering of Republicans.

In the past it’s attracted speakers including then-Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Like others in the field, Noem has downplayed the prospect, when asked publicly about any White House ambitions.

But other actions — like registering a federal political action committee and hopscotching the early-voting states — suggest otherwise.