Noem: Republicans Should Now Unite Behind Trump

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem stated the obvious on Monday, but her message was one the GOP needs to hear. She declared it is time for the party to close ranks behind former President Donald Trump as the Iowa caucuses are set for next month.

Noem said that “we were told that as the [Republican primary] field shrinks, the polls would narrow.” Instead, the opposite has occurred.

As 2024 presidential candidates fall by the wayside, support for the former president has only grown among Republicans. In fact, Noem noted that he currently enjoys over 50% of GOP backing, which is up from 43% just two months ago.

With this in mind, Noem asserted “It’s time to unite behind President Trump and focus all our efforts and resources on defeating Joe Biden.”

The South Dakota governor highlighted a piece from the Des Moines Register showing the latest findings from the Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll. It showed the 45th president widening his margin in the Hawkeye state with 51% of support.

In October that total stood at 43%.

And since that poll, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum stepped out of the race. Still, no other Trump rival was able to scoop up their support as the frontrunner only raced out further ahead.

The popular Noem threw her considerable backing behind Trump in September, declaring him to be “the fighter that our country needs.”

Frequently mentioned as a possible candidate in her own right, the governor said she “will do everything I can to help him win and save this country.”

Trump responded with gratitude, calling Noem one of the best governors in the nation before declaring her endorsement was important to him. How much so? There are many who consider her the frontrunner to be his vice presidential running mate if he indeed goes on to take the GOP nomination.

Noem will be term-limited out of office in 2026 and is obviously eyeing her future within the Republican Party. Her presence on a Trump ticket next year is considered attractive to many political observers.

Even as Democrats attempt to bury Trump under an avalanche of indictments and lawsuits, there appears to be little in between the former president and the GOP nomination.

Noem’s admonition is logical, as the party could avoid a bruising primary season and close ranks behind the obvious leader. The only question is, will his remaining rivals step aside?