Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination will have the full support of Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), according to The Hill.
Thune will attend the South Carolina senator’s official campaign launch on Monday in an effort to distance the party from former president Trump.
Thune, the second-ranking Republican senator, will support Scott, making him the highest-ranking member of Congress to do so.
CONVERSEER learned that Politico was the first to break the news of Thune’s endorsement.
Recall that Friday, Scott formally announced his candidature by submitting paperwork to the Federal Election Commission.
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Scott’s desire to run for president has been supported by Thune, who pushed Scott to enter the 2024 campaign earlier this year.
Thune told The Hill back in April that: “I think he’d be a great candidate. I’m excited about it. I’ve been encouraging him.
“I think he’s getting a lot of encouragement from his colleagues. He’s really well thought of and respected and I think he’d be a really interesting candidate for president.
“I told him to let me know when he wants to come to Northwest Iowa. It’s right next to South Dakota and I tell him I’ll come out for him or against him — whichever helps him the most”.
Mike Rounds, a fellow Republican senator from South Dakota, announced on Wednesday that he will support Scott for president, making him the first Republican senator to do so other than the former President Trump.
For the Republican nomination, Scott is up against an already crowded field that includes Trump, the former U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, the former governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
Next week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the only probable contender to date to gain ground on Trump in the polls, is also anticipated to declare his candidature.
The sole senator running for president in 2024 is currently Scott.
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