Marty Jackley’s campaign rollout this week formalizes one of the cycle’s most competitive primaries and adds to the list of Republican attorneys general running for governor.
Jackley, who faces Rep. Kristi Noem among other Republicans for the open seat in South Dakota, joins GOP attorneys general Bill Schuette of Michigan and Mike DeWine of Ohio in seeking higher office. Adam Laxalt of Nevada postponed his campaign kickoff Monday because of the tragedy in Las Vegas, and Cynthia Coffman of Colorado is considering whether to run.
There are also expected to be a couple of Republican attorneys general running for Senate. Patrick Morrisey is already in a heated primary in West Virginia, while Josh Hawley appears to be preparing to run in Missouri.
The traditional launchpad position hasn’t always led to future success in recent elections, as National Journal pointed out last year, but Jackley hopes his record in that office distinguishes him from Noem, a fellow statewide elected official. One positive sign: Jackley handily won the state party straw poll conducted at the state fair in early September.
— Kyle Trygstad