Senator John Thune Announces Run For Republican Leader

(Sioux Falls, SD) — Senator John Thune is officially running for Republican leader. The GOP Whip is setting up his run in the first big shakeup in Senate Republican leadership in close to twenty years. Speaking to Keloland News in Sioux Falls, the South Dakota lawmaker said he wants to take over for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced his plans last week to step aside at the end of the year. Thune is facing at least one other Republican, Texas Senator John Cornyn, who announced his bid last week. Wyoming Senator John Barrasso has expressed his intention to join the race too.

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