Kristi Noem Opts Against U.S. Senate Run, Will Defend House Seat
Today Congresswoman Kristi Noem will not run for U.S. Senate but will instead seek re-election for her spot in the U.S. house.
After Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin disappointed Democrats by nixing speculation about her aspirations for senate, today, Kristi Noem does the same for Republicans, announcing she will not run for Senate but will run for reelection to the u-s house.
Noem used her personal facebook page to make this announcement today saying, quote:
“I am excited to announce today my intention to seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. I am grateful to everyone who has encouraged me and pledged support for a potential campaign for the U.S. Senate. However, after spending the weekend discussing our future with Bryon and our children, we decided that right now we are in the best position to serve South Dakota as a member of the U.S. House.”
Today's announcement comes after weeks of speculation about Noem's plans which have been the lynchpin for settling and reshaping the Republican races for both Senate and U.S. house.
Analysts had considered Noem an instant odds-on favorite to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by senator Tim Johnson and a number of potential candidates, including Bill Napoli of Rapid City and Steve Kirby of Sioux Falls have stated that Noem's plans would determine their own decisions regarding possible campaigns for either Senate or House.
Sources have told NewsCenter1 that U.S. Senator John Thune had been influencing Kristi Noem behind the scenes, lobbying against her possible run for U.S. Senate.