SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has won South Dakota's Republican primary for governor in her bid to become the state's first woman governor.
Noem beat Attorney General Marty Jackley on Tuesday, becoming the first GOP woman to win the nomination. The campaign soured at the end as the candidates sought to break out.
Noem overcame criticisms that she turned the race negative and broke several congressional campaign promises. Noem - who was first elected to Congress in 2010 - touted her role negotiating Republicans' recent federal tax cuts with President Donald Trump and her farming and ranching background.
Noem will face Democrat Billie Sutton, a state senator and former professional rodeo cowboy, in the general election. Sutton avoided a primary, allowing him to bank cash.
Meanwhile, former Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson won the GOP primary for South Dakota's U.S. House seat. He faces against Democratic former judge Tim Bjorkman in the fall.