(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is going to be endorsing Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination according to a source close to the matter.
The Hill reported that in an attempt to have the Republican party move forward from former President Donald Trump, Thune is planning on attending Scott’s formal campaign launch on Monday. Thune, who is the No. 2 Senate Republican lawmaker, is going to be the highest-ranking congress member to back Scott.
Politico was the first to report that Thune would be endorsing Scott, who officially declared his bid for the White House on Friday by filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Thune had previously encouraged Scott to join the presidential race earlier this year.
In an interview with the Hill in April, Thune had noted that Scott is a “great candidate” and that he was excited about the possibility of him running. He added that he, along with other colleagues, was encouraging him to join the race. As he stated Scott is an interesting and respected candidate.
Thune also reportedly told Thune that Northwest Iowa was close to South Dakota and that if he wanted him to, he would come down either in support of him or against him based on what would help his presidential campaign the most.
On Wednesday, South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds (R) also stated that he was going to be backing Scott’s bid for the White House. This was the first time that a Republican senator endorsed someone other than former President Trump.
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