Donald Trump will be holding a rally in South Dakota on Friday evening, and many political observers believe that he is considering South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as his running mate in the 2024 presidential election.
Trump and Noem will appear at the Monumental Leaders Rally in Rapid City, S.D., on Friday evening. Multiple outlets have reported that Noem will endorse Trump at the rally.
Noem is a rising star within the Republican Party and has a growing national profile. She has been praised for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Dakota and her opposition to abortion and gun control.
“There’s no question that she’s in the conversation,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist. “Noem can drive a message. She has a great record as a chief executive and frankly, for the GOP in many ways, she’s straight out of central casting.”
If Trump does choose Noem as his running mate, it would be a significant boost to her political career. It would also give Trump a strong running mate who is popular with the Republican base.
However, there is no guarantee that Trump will choose Noem. He is still considering other potential running mates, including former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.