South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is expected to endorse President Donald Trump on Friday when he visits the state for a “Monumental Leaders Rally,” returning for the first time since 2020.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Gov. Noem will likely announce her endorsement of President Donald Trump on Friday, as rumors have continued to swirl that Noem herself could be on a shortlist of potential vice-presidential picks on Trump’s 2024 ticket.
Noem has made a name for herself in politics with her even-keeled handling of the Covid pandemic, steering clear of mask mandates and vaccine mandates. This week, when asked whether she would consider being President Trump’s vice-presidential running mate, she told Newsmax, “I would in a heartbeat.”
“This event sold out in just hours…he [Trump] knows that every single person in the country is important, and that’s why people support him,” she also stated.
Ahead of his appearance in South Dakota, the president’s nationwide polling numbers have been higher than ever, boasting double-digit leads between himself and other presidential candidates in the 2024 Republican primary.
As reported by RSBN, the president is leading by 45 points in the newest Morning Consult survey of likely GOP primary voters nationwide, earning 60 percent of support against Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who won 15 percent.
Gov. Noem explained that there was no point in running for the presidency herself when Trump was a contender for the nomination. She stated on Fox News, “The fact is, none of them [Republican candidates] can win as long as Trump’s in the race. And that’s just the facts. So why run if you can’t win?”
It is unclear at this point who President Trump will choose to be his vice-presidential running mate, but Gov. Noem, Rep. Byron Donalds, and Arizona election integrity advocate Kari Lake are among the most high-profile names that are being floated in the media today.