South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune is a shoe-in for re-election next week and is setting himself up for a presidential run in 2012. It looks like he’ll have the support of his own constituents anyway, The Hill
A new Argus Leader/KELO-TV poll shows that 41 percent of South Dakota’s likely voters want Thune to throw his hat in the ring. But it obviously isn’t unanimous: 35 percent say he should stick to the Senate, where he’s the fourth-ranking GOP senator. And 24 percent were undecided.
Support for a Thune presidential run grows when you look at just Republican voters in South Dakota, with 55 percent expressing support for the idea. As for independents, 41 percent say they would back Thune, while 29 percent are opposed.
Thune has indicated he might run, and like everyone else who serves in the Senate has probably imagined himself as president.
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