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Exclusive — Poll: Kristi Noem Crushing John Thune in South Dakota, Would Begin Senate Challenge with Huge Lead

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South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem would begin a challenge against Sen. John Thune (R-SD) with a nearly double digit lead, a poll obtained by Breitbart News exclusively shows.

Noem, who had previously in late 2020 stated she would not run against Thune and has been running for reelection, in a hypothetical matchup against Thune would begin with a 9-point lead if she does change her mind and gets in the Senate race.

The poll, conducted by Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates—former President Donald Trump’s pollster—for the group “American Potential Fund,” shows Noem leading Thune 49 percent to 40 percent.

1-22 SD RPV Senate Memo by Breitbart News

“If the Republican primary were held today and Kristi Noem challenged John Thune, she would lead by a 49% – 40% margin, well outside the margin of error,” the polling memo, obtained by Breitbart News exclusively, reads. “Noem would only need to win over a sliver of the 10% undecided to break the 50% mark. Not only is she up by 9-points overall, but among ‘definite’ voters for either candidate, Noem leads Thune, 41% – 31%.”

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) announced she will sign legislation this week to protect babies with Down syndrome from eugenic abortions. https://t.co/utlLsPGgU3

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 23, 2021

The survey of 400 likely 2022 GOP primary voters in South Dakota was conducted from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent. That means Noem’s hypothetical lead in such a matchup is well outside the margin of error to begin any Senate campaign.

Thune just announced this month that he is running for reelection, even though Trump has expressed dissatisfaction with the longtime ally of Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. As McConnell’s top deputy—Thune is the Senate GOP whip—the South Dakota senator has crossed Trump many times, and Trump has previously said he would back Noem if she ran against Thune.

Noem, for her part, said in December 2020 that she was not seeking to run against Thune, but things have changed significantly since then. Noem now has several million dollars in her gubernatorial campaign account—she could transfer this money to a federal super PAC to back any senate campaign—and the political climate has swung hard right, especially in red states like South Dakota, as President Joe Biden’s agenda stalls out.

Noem has reiterated her plans to just run for reelection as governor many times, including in a recent Breitbart News On The Hill video special filmed in South Dakota:

instant classic

Noem said, adding that “I’m not” thinking about any future presidential campaign of her own at this time.

“I’d rather stay here in South Dakota and round up buffalo,” Noem said.

https://t.co/Ld9i7tU3kp

— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) October 29, 2021

As such, one would think that Noem would need a really strong push from Trump and his family to actually run against Thune, who being McConnell’s top lieutenant will have the party’s establishment behind him.

Trump’s approval rating among GOP primary voters is extremely strong in South Dakota, and would theoretically go a long way to helping Noem should she run.

“The job approval ratings of Presidents Trump and Biden are polar opposites among GOP primary voters in South Dakota,” the polling memo reads. “President Trump is approved of by a huge 84%, including 62% who strongly approve. Conversely, President Biden is more than 80-points underwater, as only 8% approve of the job he is doing while a staggering 91% disapprove of his job performance, nearly all of whom strongly disapprove. President Trump’s support would be invaluable in a South Dakota Republican primary, while being tied to President Biden could be electorally fatal.”

This poll seems to be an indicator that Trump allies are at least beginning the courting process with Noem, and there are other indicators that Trump is itching for this fight as a proxy battle with McConnell for control of the GOP. It remains to be seen if Trump will personally lean into coaxing Noem into the Senate race, and if he does if Noem will accept Trump’s overtures. Thune’s decision to actually run for reelection—he held out all year last year without an announcement, making his decision in early January 2022—threw a monkey wrench into the state’s political scene as some say Noem was possibly going to run without Thune in the race, or at least U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) would possibly get in.

Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota greets guests at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground after riding in the Legends Ride for charity on August 09, 2021 near Sturgis, South Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Johnson, who is also polled against Thune in the survey, starts off stronger than most challengers to a longtime and powerful senator like Thune if he were to run against him as well.

“John Thune leads Dusty Johnson, 47% – 30%, but fails to hit the critical 50% threshold. Furthermore, the undecideds in this ballot have a double-digit negative image of Thune (38% fav/53% unfav), indicating Johnson could close the gap considerably. Thune is leading, but Dusty Johnson has the strong name I.D. to make it a real race,” the polling memo reads.

What’s more, Noem’s and Johnson’s approval ratings with GOP voters in the state are much more in line with Trump’s than Thune’s numbers are. Noem has a total favorable rating of 82 percent, with 65 percent very and 17 percent somewhat favorable, compared with just 16 percent—4 somewhat and 12 very—who view her unfavorably.

“Only girls should play girls’ sports.” —@KristiNoem https://t.co/XezqEOzZyP

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 19, 2021

Johnson’s overall favorability is 70 percent, with 37 very and 33 somewhat favorable, while his overall unfavorable number is 25 percent with 15 somewhat and 10 very.

Thune, on the other hand, has just 62 percent—20 points less than Noem—total favorable ratings among GOP primary voters in South Dakota. Thirty-seven percent view him very favorably, and 26 percent somewhat favorably. His unfavorable number is up to 33 percent—17 points higher than Noem—with 18 percent viewing him very unfavorably and 15 percent somewhat unfavorably.

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New York Times Complains CDC Victimized by ‘Imperfect Science’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Top federal health officials discussed efforts for safely getting back to work and school during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo …
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been victimized by “imperfect science,” the New York Times complained Monday.

While the establishment media throughout the pandemic have urged Americans to “trust the science” because it is the “only method we have of understanding the world,” the Times acknowledged that science is imperfect.

The revelation about the fallibility of science was a reason for the Times to scapegoat President Biden’s failing coronavirus response. In an article titled, “The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science,” the publication warned readers that federal government mandates, recommended by health experts, cannot keep pace with the CDC’s science.

“The Omicron coronavirus variant is moving much faster than researchers can, worsening a longstanding problem: The agency (CDC) must make tough decisions with scant data,” the article read.

The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity. https://t.co/rcDezphVRR

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 28, 2021

The Times suggested there is urgency for Biden’s CDC to recommend mandates at “breakneck” speed yet admitted the decisions are prone to problems because science is revealing “insufficient evidence”:

Because decisions must be made at a breakneck pace, the agency has issued recommendations based on what once would have been considered insufficient evidence, amid growing public concern about how these guidelines affect the economy and education.

The paper continued to assert the CDC’s medical decisions, based on its scientific method, have become “demoralizing” for a “bureaucracy staffed primarily by medical professionals” due to the shifting scientific evidence.

“The most recent example, the isolation advice, left turmoil within the agency over the way in which it was established and announced,” the paper wrote about the CDC’s ever-changing coronavirus health guidelines.

The Times‘ warning that the CDC’s science is imperfect comes as Biden’s top medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, claimed in November to be synonymous with science.

“If they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci, well people can recognize that there’s a person there, so it’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science,” the doctor defended himself against accusations of fallibility.

Last week, scientific health experts defended Fauci’s credibility and professed their “unreserved respect and trust as a scientist and a national leader.”

“His advice has been as well informed as data and the rapidly evolving circumstances allowed,” the letter continued. “And importantly, he has given his advice with humility, being clear about what we know and what is unknown, but requires judgment.”

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Clyburn: People Stopping Build Back Better, Voting Rights Legislation ‘Supporting Autocracy Over Democracy’

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Monday on MSNBC’s “Craig Melvin Reports,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) slammed his congressional colleagues who helped stall President Joe Biden’s so-called “Build Back Better” agenda and voting rights legislation.

Clyburn, who admitted he had run out of patience, argued that the people who stopped the two Democrat bills “are supporting autocracy over democracy.”

“[T]he same people who are stopping this, they’re stopping Build Back Better. And the child tax credit that we need in place now is in Build Back Better. Affordable housing that we need for people who lost their houses and lost their wealth is now — has got less than half the wealth that white people have, we need the affordable housing bill. That’s in a Build Back Better,” Clyburn outlined. “And so people who are stopping Build Back Better, stopping voting, they are trying to go to the heart of what’s needed in the African American community in order for us to maintain this pursuit of perspective that we have been on for a long, long time.”

“These people are supporting autocracy over democracy, and that’s the big issue here,” he added. “It would have come earlier if the president had put this out there earlier.

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Salt Lake Tribune Calls For ‘Mass Vaccination Campaign,’ National Guard To ‘Ensure’ Unvaccinated Aren’t ‘Allowed, Well, Anywhere’

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 January 17, 2022 at 12:33pm


The Editorial Board for The Salt Lake Tribune thinks the state of Utah should conduct a totalitarian mass vaccination campaign involving National Guard troops, who would “ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere.”

Editors for The Salt Lake Tribune believe that Utah Governor Spencer Cox should deploy National Guard troops in his state to enforce a totalitarian mass vaccination campaign and seemingly isolate the unvaccinated from society, according to a piece they wrote titled “Utah leaders have surrendered to COVID pandemic, the Editorial Board writes.”

In the beginning of the piece, the editors accuse Utah leadership of “waving the white flag of surrender in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to them, the state government should have launched a post-9/11 or post-Pearl Harbor style government campaign, and apparently martial law, to implement tyrannical mask and vaccine mandates at the start of the pandemic.

The Utah government’s reluctance to deploy troops on the streets, combined with an alleged COVID-19 test shortage, and the spread of “misinformation” upsets the editors at the Tribune.

“For more than two years now, officials at all levels and in all branches of our government have missed chance after chance to get a handle on this rapidly spreading and rapidly evolving virus,” they complained.

“Rather than call for the kind of patriotic coming together that Americans responded to after Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we were assured that it was not a real problem, that it would ‘magically disappear,’ even that it was all a hoax, a plot to extend the power of the federal government and/or further enrich Big Pharma.”

They further claim that while Governor Cox advocates for the COVID-19 vaccines, which do not prevent individuals from catching or spreading the virus, he has not done enough.

They especially took issue with how the state’s congressional delegation and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes “so proudly stood against” mandating the controversial injections, and that the U.S. Supreme Court declared Joe Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandates unconstitutional.

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The editors wrote that the newly discovered Omicron variant, which has been infecting vaccinated people, was “predictable.”

“And the challenge is the same as it was with alpha and delta: Most people weather it OK, but the serious cases are still enough to overwhelm hospitals,” wrote the editors, without acknowledging the possibility that Utah hospitals firing unvaccinated healthcare workers may have something to do with poor hospital functionality.

At the end of the piece, the editors fantasize about a military-imposed mass vaccination campaign, as well as the apparent oppression of those who do not provide proof of vaccination to the authorities.

“We might have headed off omicron with a herd immunity-level of vaccinations, but that would have required a vaccination mandate, which our leaders refused. Instead, we get, ‘No one could have seen this coming.’ That is patently untrue. They were told what to do, and they refused,” they wrote.

“Were Utah a truly civilized place, the governor’s next move would be to find a way to mandate the kind of mass vaccination campaign we should have launched a year ago, going as far as to deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere.”

Emphasis added by National File.

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