From the Sioux City Journal, State Representative Jim Bolin was talking about 2018 recently, and made note of some stuff he probably read here at DWC:
He said Republicans are already jockeying to line up support in order to become candidates in 2018 for the governor post, since Daugaard won a second term in 2014.
Since the state is so heavily Republican, winning the party’s primary in late spring almost guarantees winning the governor spot in November, Bolin said.
Bolin said three Republicans have a strong interest in being governor in 2018. He said the list includes Attorney General Marty Jackley, Sioux Falls lawmaker Mark Mickelson, a son and grandson of two former governors, and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. That latter name caught my attention, as Noem would be making a big move to leave the House for a state executive position.
All this 2018 gubernatorial speculation will certainly guarantee one thing – we’ll continue to see all three of them attending Lincoln Day Dinners across the state! 🙂