Four days after saying he had not decided which candidate for governor he would vote for, the runner-up in June's Republican primary for governor publicly endorsed the party's nominee, Kristi Noem.

Marty Jackley, who is finishing his final term as attorney general because of term limits, finished second behind Noem in the primary.

Friday, in an interview with the Rapid City Journal, Jackley left open the possibility that he would endorse someone but said he had not yet decided about that and had not even decided which candidate he would vote for. Jackley said he and some of his supporters were still upset by some of the negative advertising Noem ran against him during the primary campaign.

Then, on Tuesday morning, the Noem campaign issued a news release announcing Jackley's endorsement, along with endorsements from fellow Republicans Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds and Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

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There was no individual quote from Jackley in the news release, but there was a joint letter from the four men.

"All four of us believe that Kristi will make a very good governor and continue to provide tremendous Republican leadership for our state," said a portion of the letter.

The letter also said, "Everything we’ve recently accomplished as Republicans was made possible through teamwork."

Noem faces Democratic nominee Billie Sutton and Libertarian nominee Kurt Evans in the Nov. 6 general election, for which early voting is in progress.

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Contact Seth Tupper at seth.tupper@rapidcityjournal.com

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