- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

SIOUX FALL, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has $1.2 million in the bank for a 2016 re-election bid.

Federal campaign finance reports released this week show Noem raised nearly $300,000 in the second fundraising quarter, which ran from April through June.

Noem campaign consultant Justin Brasell says he’s “thrilled” with the fundraising pace for the quarter. He says the contributions are reflective of Noem’s growing support across the state.

South Dakota Democratic Party chairwoman Ann Tornberg says the Republican congresswoman has a daunting bank account. But Tornberg says the state’s Democratic party hopes to run a candidate against Noem.

The seats held by Noem and Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune will be up in the 2016 election.

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