Jackley leads in 2017 fundraising; Noem has cash advantage

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley's governor campaign topped other candidates last year in fundraising, but his Republican primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, ended 2017 with a heftier bank balance.

Jackley raised more than $1 million between his governor campaign group and political action committee in 2017. He had over $1.6 million on hand between both accounts.

Noem's campaign committee reported raising slightly more than $900,000, with over $2.1 million in the bank.

State Senate Minority leader Billie Sutton, the lone Democrat in the race, raised more than $870,000 in cash and donated goods and services last year.

Sutton closed out 2017 with about $664,000 on hand - the least of the top candidates - but he's poised to conserve cash while Noem and Jackley campaign for the June primary election.

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