Thune, Johnson say decisions on reelection bids expected soon

Thune, Johnson say decisions on reelection bids expected soon

Republican Sens. Ron Johnsonjohnsonron 080217kc leadRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows – Manchin says he cannot back Biden spending plan GOP senators slam Democrats over inflation: Party agenda ‘hurting the poorest families’ House panel subpoenas author of Jan. 6 PowerPoint MORE (Wis.) and John Thunethunejohn 041616cl leadJohn Randolph ThuneCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Senate confirms Rahm Emanuel to be ambassador to Japan Democrats lack backup plan with expanded child tax credit set to lapse MORE (S.D.) both say they plan to announce their decisions on whether they will seek reelection soon. 

“I’ll be making that decision here. I’m talking to the people I need to talk to over the last few weeks and so that decision will be made here shortly,” Johnson told Fox 11 News in Green Bay, Wisc. on Sunday. 

For months Johnson has said he is thinking through the decision on whether to run for his seat in 2022 or not. In July, Johnson said that he may “may not be the best candidate,” but had not ruled out another run.

If he runs, Johnson will likely face off against the winner of the crowded Democratic Senate primary in the state. So far, 12 candidates, including Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) are running in the primary. The non-partisan Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss-up.” 

Meanwhile, Thune has repeatedly told reporters on Capitol Hill that he plans to make a decision by the end of the year.

“All in due time,” he said when asked late last week about his plans.

The Cook Political Report rates Thune’s seat as “solid Republican.” 

In May, political newcomer Mark Mowry announced he was primarying Thune, who has held the seat since 2005. Mowry has said he is running on an “America First” platform. 

Thune, who serves as Senate Minority Whip, faced backlash from supporters of former President Trumptrumpdonald 070117gettyDonald TrumpChile elects millennial who wants to tax the rich as new president The day democracy almost died Trump says he would not impose boycott against Beijing Olympics MORE when he voted to certify the 2020 presidential election results on Jan. 6. Trump himself was calling on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noemnoemkristi 030217gnKristi Lynn NoemPresident Biden’s bipartisanship seems like unilateral disarmament Noem says she will propose ban on transgender women in female sports On The Trail: Trump-inspired challengers target GOP governors MORE (R) to challenge Thune even before the events on Jan. 6.  

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