Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota Republican
With the arrival of scores of Tea Party Republicans, not to mention a handful of Mama Grizzlies, Palin will have plenty of new friends in the nation’s capital. Noem shares much of Palin’s hinterlands charisma. The 38-year-old mother is a rancher and hunter; she’s also a savvy fundraiser, pulling in more than any other Republican challenger in the country. Even before taking office, Noem was tapped to give a weekly address for the Republicans. A party looking for new (and OK, attractive) faces has scored a big one in Noem’s election.
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