Republican Kristi Noem wins SD House seat

AP News
Posted: Nov 03, 2010 1:00 AM
Republican Kristi Noem wins SD House seat

Republican challenger Kristi Noem has defeated Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin to claim South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House.

Herseth Sandlin had won her two previous re-election bids by wide margins but faced a tough challenge from Noem in a race that drew a lot of advertising from political parties and interest groups.

The 39-year-old Herseth Sandlin sought a fourth full term in Congress as she argued she has fought against excessive spending by voting against bailouts and the health care law.

The 38-year-old Noem has been a state lawmaker for four years. She criticized Herseth Sandlin for being part of a Democratic Congress that she said has let spending get out of control while failing to revive the economy.