Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota will seek a fourth term this year, he announced Saturday — weeks after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly pressed him to resist the temptation to retire.
“I’ve always promised that I would do the work, even when it was hard, uncomfortable or unpopular. That work continues,” Thune said in a statement he released on Twitter.
“After careful consideration and prayer, and with the support of my family, I’m asking South Dakotans for the opportunity to continue serving them in the US Senate,” he added.
As Senate minority whip, the 61-year-old Thune is McConnell’s second in command — and widely seen as his heir apparent.
But in December, Thune told the Black Hills Pioneer that his