Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) has finally made the decision to run for re-election in the midterms later this year after months of speculation about whether he would do so.
Thune is next in line to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the position of majority leader, assuming the GOP retakes the Senate majority after the elections.
“South Dakota deserves a strong and effective senator who can deliver the results they expect. I am uniquely positioned to get that job done, and I look forward to earning the support of all South Dakotans in the 2022 election for U.S. Senate,” Thune said.
Thune said he gave the decision “careful consideration,” and also consulted his family before making the decision.
McConnell said before the holidays that he and others hoped Thune would run again and had been encouraging him to do so.
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