LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Kristi Noem (photos below) is being called the “hottest Republican House candidate” by ABC News. While Kristi Noem is clearly photo-ready, ABC means that the 38-year old rancher is the hottest candidate when it comes to raising funds this election season. In three months, Kristi Noem has raised a stunning $1.1 million, double that of her opponent. As ABC notes, Kristi Noem ’s fundraising will go a long way in the South Dakota market where tv air time is less expensive.
But is Kristi Noem the next Sarah Palin? Noem is smart. She says she doesn’t want association with political leaders from other states because her focus is on the issued at home. And voters are noticing. In the primary, Kristi Noem won 70% of the Republican vote.
Noem is from Castlewood, S.D. And despite her appearance and views as being similar to Sarah Palin, Noem tells ABC she doesn’t want the association. Noem’s cash reserve reportedly stands at $777,000; her opponent is at $500,000.
Her opponent says of Noem “is no picnic for South Dakota either.” She also slams Noem for going 94 mph on Interstate 90 earlier this year. She tells ABC “If you can’t responsibly take care of your own business, I think it calls into question the level of responsibility you take in other matters.”