Senate Minority Whip John Thune, the No. 2 Republican leader, will run for reelection this year, after months of speculation about his political future.
The 61-year-old South Dakotan, currently serving his third term, is widely viewed as a potential successor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — who has publicly encouraged Thune to run again.
Former President Donald Trump has suggested he might work against Thune, and encouraged one potential GOP challenger, after the senator disparaged Trump's attempts to contest his loss in 2020.
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