South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to headline GOP event in South Carolina

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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.

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