Thune is extensively seen as a possible successor to Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell and his determination to run once more is a boon to celebration leaders, who lobbied him to not retire. But it surely was unclear for months whether or not Thune would run once more, as he reportedly weighed household issues.
Former President Donald Trump had referred to as on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to main Thune, after he predicted that the Home GOP effort to problem the 2020 election outcomes would “go down like a shot canine.” Noem, nevertheless, publicly declined to take action.
In a press release following his announcement, Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott (R-Fla.) recommended Thune’s determination and endorsed him — a transfer the committee makes with incumbent GOP senators.
“John Thune has served South Dakotans with humble energy since his very first day within the Capitol, and the NRSC is proud to endorse his 2022 reelection,” Scott mentioned. “Having risen by means of the ranks and into management, Senator Thune has given an out-sized voice to South Dakota farmers, ranchers, households, and job creators.”
With Thune’s announcement Saturday and an anticipated reelection announcement from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) within the coming days, it’s unlikely that the Senate will see any extra retirements this 12 months. A complete of 5 Senate Republicans and one Senate Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, plan to go away Congress on the finish of 2022.
The 61-year-old Thune was elected to the Senate in 2004, after defeating then-Democratic chief Tom Daschle. As of the top of September, Thune had $14.8 million money available.