Presidential visit for fundraising campaign

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U.S. President Donald J. Trump waves to the crowd as he exits Air Force One at Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S.D. Sep. 7, 2018. Trump was in the city to speak at a fundraising event for South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem. (U.S. Air National Guard photo Senior Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland)

Sierra Knox, Writer, Editor

Friday, September 7, Donald Trump made a visit to the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

President Trump made his first visit to South Dakota in order to voice his support for gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem. Gubernatorial opponent and Senator Billie Sutton’s campaign were quick to criticize Noem’s decision to bring in the White House to aid in her campaign.

According to the Argus Leader, Sutton’s campaign manager stated that “…Noem realized her political career is in danger… she calls in help from Washington.”

Image of Kristi Noem courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

Image of Billie Sutton courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

Despite Noem’s rather precarious decision to work with Trump, she has gained both publicity and fundraising through his visit. Attendees paid $500 per person, and for a picture with the president, the cost was $5,000.

The gubernatorial election will be held on Tuesday, November 6 to decide on the next South Dakota governor.