The 2024 Republican field is about to see another challenger and he’s already getting key Senate endorsements.
South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds (R) has committed to supporting Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) in 2024.
Rounds told The Washington Examiner on Wednesday that he has committed to backing Scott. The South Carolina Senator is expected to formally announce his campaign for president Monday in Charleston, S.C.
“I do,” Rounds said when asked whether he plans to endorse Scott. “I’ve already told him I would.”
“I think he is the closest to Ronald Reagan that you’re going to see,” he said.
Rounds praised Scott as a candidate who would “bring our country together” and “cares deeply about making the right decisions.”
“I believe he will build a good team. He’s got a business background. He’s got a great personal story and he understands and he truly cares about people,” he told The Examiner.
Sen. Rounds’ endorsement of Scott marks the first Republican Senator to back a candidate other than Donald Trump.
Trump has the support of 11 Senate Republicans, including Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Ted Budd (N.C.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), Eric Schmitt (Mo.), Tommy Tuberville (Ala.) and JD Vance (Ohio).
Sen. Scott filed official paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on Friday.