She Thinks She Can, She Thinks She Can
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Corinna Robinson in 2014 raised a fraction of what Hawks thinks it will take to run her campaign during this cycle. Robinson, who got 33% of the vote, raised about $150 thousand in 2014, which goes a long way toward explaining why she lost to Noem by about a 2-to-1 margin. I'm guessing that as this cycle's challenger, Hawks will fare better in the fund raising derby because she's already an elected official in South Dakota with a more established network of friends and contacts. Robinson, who had a brilliant military career that spanned a couple of decades before coming home to run for Congress, was hampered by the fact that her long absence from South Dakota gave her too much of an outsider's persona, which became glaringly apparent in her few debates with Kristi Noem. Bright and promising as she is, Robinson just couldn't quite match up, nuance for nuance, with issues that Noem understands through and through, simply because Noem's lifelong presence in South Dakota put her in contact with them on a continuous basis.
Hawks won't be at a disadvantage on that front. As a high school science teacher, daughter of farmers in the eastern part of the state, wife of a rancher from Faith, she probably knows the ins and outs of South Dakota as well as anyone, particularly when it comes to matters involving the same
SD Dems Can Relate
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There's not much more to expect from an elected official. Given all the built-in political and financial disadvantages that Hawks is willing to confront, her campaign will be a long shot. But her knowledge of the issues, her upbeat persona, her million-dollar smile . . . well, there's a realistic chance that she'll catch fire. We all saw what a breakthrough debate performance can do for a candidate last week on the national stage, when Carly Fiorina came from the back of the pack to challenge for the GOP presidential nomination. Hawks has it in her to do the same thing here and I'm glad she's giving it a go.