Sioux Falls, SD (KSFY) The two candidates hoping to be South Dakota’s next governor spent the final day before the election campaigning on opposite sides of the state.
Some big-name Republicans stumped for Kristi Noem in Rapid City Monday, while Billie Sutton met with voters around Sioux Falls.
“How many of you are excited that the Vice President of the United States is in South Dakota?” Kristi Noem said while introducing Vice President Mike Pence to the stage in Rapid City.
Vice President Pence and his wife came to South Dakota to show their support for Noem’s run for governor.
“It's been two years of promises made and promises kept,” Pence said.
“How many of you, your life is better today than it was when President Obama was in office?” Noem asked her crowd of supporters.
The prime focus of Noem's rally was her support for the Trump administration.
“I'm here to tell you, Kristi Noem has been there every step of the way,” Pence said.
“President Trump and Vice President Pence have done some big changes in this country. I want to build on that here in South Dakota,” Noem said.
Her congressional colleagues from Colorado and South Carolina also made the trip to show their support.
“I've worked with her, I’ve seen her in action. She’s a reliable conservative,” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said.
South Dakota Democrat Billie Sutton took a different campaign approach Monday, meeting face-to-face with voters around Sioux Falls.
“Lets focus on what we agree on, rather than just what we disagree on,” Sutton said during a meet-and-greet event in Tea.
Sutton says throughout this campaign, he's heard from voters who say they're tired of partisan politics.
“They're tired of Washington-style politics, they want someone with South Dakota values that is going to bring us together,” Sutton said.
Sutton released his 100 day plan Monday, highlighting his top priorities if elected governor.
“They want someone who is going to focus on open, honest and transparent government,” Sutton said.
His plan focuses on the key issues he's heard from voters on his ‘South Dakota Strong’ campaign.
“We've really worked hard and got out there and met people face to face and shook their hand and learned what was important to them,” Sutton said.
Sutton held a rally with his Sioux Falls late Monday night, thanking them for going door-to-door to help get more people to the polls.
Sutton says he believes this race is going to be close and says the outcome depends on who actually gets out to the polls to cast their vote Tuesday.