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Trump again calls for Noem to primary Thune despite her refusal

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE on Friday repeated his call for South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemIt will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Trump talking to allies about 2024 run without Pence: report MORE (R) to primary Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam MORE (R-S.D.), despite her refusal last week.

Trump took to Twitter to promote Noem and criticize Thune as a “RINO,” or Republican in name only, after the senator dismissed Trump’s efforts to overturn President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE’s election win. 

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Noem said last week that she is not interested in challenging Thune in the Republican primary.

“I’m honored to be Governor of South Dakota and will ask the people to give me an opportunity to continue serving them as Governor in 2022,” she tweeted.

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Noem has been a staunch ally to the president and is considered a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Trump has lashed out at Thune in recent weeks after the South Dakota senator said that the president’s and House Republicans’ push to contest the Electoral College’s certified vote next Wednesday will “go down like a shot dog.

The president slammed Thune in a tweet last week, saying, “He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!”

Thune has publicly and privately spoken out against the effort being led by Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksDemocratic lawmaker releases social media report on GOP members who voted to overturn election The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE (R-Ala.), arguing it was “not going anywhere” in the Senate. Since his comments, Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Crenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' MORE (R-Mo.) has said he will challenge the Electoral College vote, meaning a debate will be forced in Congress. 

Republican Senate leadership has been encouraging its members not to participate in the Electoral College challenge.