Top Republican Endorses Trump

( – Racking up more high-profile support for the 2024 GOP nomination, former President Donald Trump has now been endorsed by US Senator John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the US Senate.

Thune (R-SD) threw his support behind former President Donald Trump during a Fox News interview on Sunday cited by The Daily Wire.

This endorsement comes at a time when Trump is steadily increasing his delegate lead over GOP contender Nikki Haley, setting the stage for a potential 2020 rematch with President Joe Biden, the report notes.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune announced his endorsement after Trump’s victory by about 20 points over his sole remaining competitor Nikki Haley in the GOP primary in South Carolina.

“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 declared.

After her home state loss on Saturday, Haley told her supporters she was not ready to concede the race, unlike other prominent GOP competitors.

After the primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, the Virgin Islands, and South Carolina, Trump has secured 107 delegates to Haley’s seventeen.

To clinch the nomination, a candidate must accumulate 1,215 delegates.

Trump boasts endorsements from over half of the Republican Senators, in addition to at least 132 House Republicans—including key leadership figures—and eleven governors, as tracked by The Hill.

Conversely, Haley’s endorsements include Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and Governors Phil Scott (R-VT) and Chris Sununu (R-NH), with no Senate endorsements to her name.

Thune’s endorsement follows that of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the third-ranking GOP lawmaker in the Senate.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remains the only top three Senate Republican leadership member not to have endorsed Trump as of the latest reports.

Thune had previously supported Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who has now withdrawn from the 2024 race and backed Trump.

“I support former President Trump’s campaign to win the presidency, and I intend to do everything I can to see that he has a Republican majority in the Senate working with him to restore American strength at home and abroad,” Thune stated.