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Kristi Noem is on a fundraising tear in South Dakota, as she seeks to unseat an incumbent woman from a powerful political family.

Republican House candidate Kristi Noem raised twice as much money in the past three months as Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, giving Noem hundreds of thousands more dollars for the campaign’s last weeks.

South Dakota state Rep. Kristi Noem (R), who is vying to knock off Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) next month, announced Monday that her campaign raised $1.1 million in the third quarter.

There can't be a congressional race in the country with more attractive candidates.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released last week of 500 likely voters showed Noem with 47 percent and Herseth Sandlin with 44 percent, a statistical draw considering the survey's 4.5 percent margin of error. Some observers say the Rasmussen polls typically lean toward Republican candidates.