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South Dakota Senator John Thune Endorses Trump in Wake of Major Victory Over Haley

Sunday marked the endorsement of former President Donald Trump by the Senate’s second-ranking Republican.

Trump continues to garner delegate support over his Republican opponent Nikki Haley, which will pave the way for a rematch with President Joe Biden in 2020.

Senator John Thune informed Fox News of his stance subsequent to Trump’s impressive victory of approximately 20 points over Haley in the Republican primary in her native state of South Carolina over the weekend.

“The primary results in South Carolina make clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in this year’s pivotal presidential election. The choice before the American people is crystal clear: It’s Donald Trump or Joe Biden.” Thune announced.

After losing her bid for governor in South Carolina on Saturday, where she previously worked prior to becoming Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Haley informed her supporters that she would not be withdrawing from the race like other prominent Republican challengers had done.

Following the conclusion of the electoral processes in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, the Virgin Islands, and South Carolina, Haley has 17 delegates compared to Trump’s 107.

A nomination victory requires 1,215 delegates for a candidate.

Trump has obtained the support and allegiance of over 50% of the Republican membership in the Senate.

Furthermore, eleven governors and at least 132 House Republicans, including their highest-ranking members, have endorsed him.

Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC), in addition to Governors Phil Scott (R-VT) and Chris Sununu (R-NH), have endorsed Haley.

She does not hold any Senate endorsements.

Thune supports Trump in the same manner as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 3 Republican in the upper chamber.

As of press time, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the only member of the top three Republican leaders in the Senate who has not endorsed Trump.

Thune previously supported Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who has since endorsed Trump and suspended his 2024 campaign.

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