Kristi Noem is the youngest governor, fueling speculation about presidential ambitions as she launched a slew of national ones Facebook Ads that receive clicks in first-to-voting states from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
That South Dakota The governor is running for a second term this year in her hard-red state, where the post is limited to two consecutive terms.
But the mere existence of the digital ads isn’t the reason for rumors of an upcoming White House run, but rather that they’re being viewed more frequently.
The top three states to hold presidential candidates are Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, in order – and Noem’s ad gets a lot of clicks in those states.
For questions about the digital displays, a close source with Noem said Fox News that Noem is planning a trip to the Northeast USA soon
No further details of the trip were shared, but it could include a stop in New Hampshire — the first state for primary elections.
Meta’s ad library shows that from July 5-11, the Republican governor was the ninth-biggest contributor to ads on their New Hampshire and South Carolina platforms.
During the same period, she was the 10th-highest donor in Iowa to Meta, the company that owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
A digital commercial gaining traction in the primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina is fueling speculation that South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem could run for the White House in 2024
Noem was the ninth-highest donor to Facebook Ads in New Hampshire and South Carolina from July 5-11, and the 10th-highest donor in Iowa for the same period
Noem’s Facebook Ads is a video highlighting her childhood fighters and her riding on horseback.
In the commercial, she demonstrates her leadership in South Dakota by avoiding closures caused by the COVID pandemic and touting the state’s economic position amid a national inflationary crisis.
“South Dakota has the best economy in the nation,” she notes in the commercial. “We are #1 in tourism and more families than ever are choosing to make our state their home.”
“Here freedom runs free. So saddle up, we’re just getting started,” says Noem.
Noem is endorsed by Donald Trump and she has shown her support for the former president on numerous occasions – it has even been rumored that she could be his running mate if he makes another bid in 2024.
But she told Fox last month that when enough people bring up the prospect of her running for president, “it must have given you thought.”
However, political pundits see Noem as a strong Trump ally and believe she would support him or emerge as his No. 2 in 2024.
Other GOP governors with a two-term limit are also rumored to be considering running for the next presidential contest, including Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, neither of whom are keen on the are former presidents.
The two also recently stopped in New Hampshire when they traveled to Maine for the National Governors Association’s annual summer meeting.
Noem is a fierce Trump ally – and has even been rumored to be considered as his running mate once he launches his 2024 campaign to win back the presidency
Trump hasn’t officially announced he’s running for office in 2024, but said it’s more a question of when he announces it than if he will.
Some say he will make an offer as early as September, although advisers urge him to wait until after November so as not to disrupt the 2022 midterm election.
Noem has consistently downplayed higher ambitions for national office. She said she’s interested in staying home here in South Dakota.
But her actions show otherwise and have raised eyebrows over a White House run.
The GOP governor spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s Time for Choosing series in California in April and stopped in Iowa and South Carolina last summer.
In the fall of 2020, she also went to New Hampshire.
During her Iowa trip, Noem said Trump had “America right where we needed it.”
“His policy was right,” she added, speaking to Fox last year. “So I’m counting on him running.”