Number two ranked Republican Senator John Thune (SD) is considering retirement in 2022, according to reports.
Thune could have been the successor to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but has said that “family considerations” and the “grip of Donald Trump” on the party are causing him to consider retirement.
Thune has also told local reporters that 2022 may be his last in elected office and that he would be making a decision over the holidays.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and McConnell are reportedly trying to get Thune to seek re-election.
“I certainly hope that he will run for re-election, and that’s certainly what I and others have been encouraging him to do all year long,” McConnell said in an interview.
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