Gov. Kristi Noem’s challenger hijacks ‘Defend Title IX’ website

A lapsed website domain once used by Gov. Kristi Noem to tout her opposition to transgender women and girls competing against members of the opposite sex now belongs to the man gunning for her job.

The Jamie Smith for South Dakota Governor campaign, the Democratic nominee in this year’s gubernatorial election, has purchased the rights to the URL, a website that in March 2021 Noem used to direct people to a petition supporting the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities. 

Smith in an interview with the Argus Leader Wednesday confirmed his campaign purchased the rights to the website the prior day before redirecting visitors to to his official campaign website.

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