Remember two and a half years ago, when no one knew Sarah Palin’s name south of the Bering Sea? We may be saying that about Kristi Noem a couple years from now. Noem, a Tea Party challenger for the House of Representatives, has shocked the whole country by leading all Republicans in fund-raising over the past three months. The mom of three has raised a staggering $1.1 million, which should go a long way in media-poor South Dakota, where ad buys cost a lot less than they do in bigger markets.
So who is Kristi Noem? She’s a rancher by trade and the challenger to Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) who wants to reduce federal spending and repeal the health care reform law. And to draw the inevitable Palin parallel, she’s also an avid hunter … though to be fair, so is Herseth-Sandlin.
Watch ABC News’ video to learn more about Noem – what do you think? Could she pull off a surprise win?