Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump, said on Sunday he would seek a third term, despite a past pledge Hold office for not more than two terms.
The race is likely to be heatedly contested on the battlefield, where President Joe Biden won by less than 21,000 votes. Johnson ran first in 2010 and again in 2016 defeating Democrat Russ Feingold both times.
Johnson, 66, has underestimated the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, raised questions about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, and has adopted unproven treatments for the virus, with recent suggestions that Mouthwash can kill it.
His announcement comes a day after South Dakota Sen. John Thune also announced plans to run again. Thune is the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, seen as the successor to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
The Senate is evenly divided across party lines.
The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Theun, 61, was considering retiring after this term. He risked Trump’s anger by criticizing efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election. “I am asking South Dakotas for the opportunity to continue serving in the US Senate,” he said in a tweet.
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