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Tim Scott gets a significant endorsement from John Thune, one of the GOP’s top senators

When Sen. Tim Scott (SC) formally announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at a rally in his home state on Monday morning, he and other supporters will bow their heads and be led in prayer by the one of Scott’s newest public supporters: the senator. John Thune (SD), the second highest ranked Republican in the Senate.

This decision highlights the stability support Scott, 57, has built in the months leading up to his official announcement while highlighting the role of his religious faith in his appeal to supporters.

Coin will attend the launch event, Politico reported earlier on Sunday. Coin will lead campaign participants in a prayer for Scott at the event, according to a person familiar with the campaign who asked not to be identified to reveal details that were not yet public. The event will take place at the Charleston Southern University Buccaneer Fieldhouse, in North Charleston, SC Scott is then expected to travel this week to Iowa and New Hampshire, key states holding early nominating contests.

This is the latest show of support for Scott’s underdog campaign. Last week, he was endorsed by Junior South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds. Scott has been competing for local support with another candidate in the race, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who nominated him to the Senate in 2013, which has created uncomfortable divisions among party leaders of State.

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The race for the Republican nomination in 2024, as in 2016 and 2020, is dominated by Donald Trump, who is ahead of his rivals in terms of public support and financial resources. Other candidates in the race include former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy and conservative radio host Larry Elder. Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to enter the race soon. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu also said they were considering running.

Trump’s best-known and best-funded challenger, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, is expected to enter the race this week and signaled his willingness to directly challenge the former president.

DeSantis told donors in a private call last week that only he and President Biden had “a chance” of being elected president “based on all the swing state data,” The New York Times reported. .

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) was asked about DeSantis’ Sunday comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” by host Jake Tapper. “I don’t think Trump can win a general election,” Cassidy confirmed, but he added that DeSantis’ remark was also “a way for him to dismiss people like Tim Scott, who is a pretty great candidate.”

Trump has already garnered strong support among influential Republicans. In April, Senator Steve Daines (Montreal), chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, said he supported Trump and would support him in his presidential campaign. Supporters of the former president include Sens. JD Vance of Ohio, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Eric Schmitt of Missouri, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.


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