- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

SIOUX FALL, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune’s bank account sits at about $11 million for his bid for a third Senate term in 2016.

Thune’s campaign announced this week that the Republican lawmaker’s second-quarter haul was more than $840,000.

Campaign manager Joshua Shields says the contributions show Thune has a lot of support in the state and nationwide. The fundraising period ran between April 1 and June 30.

Shields says to stay tuned for a formal re-election launch from the state’s senior U.S. senator.

South Dakota Democratic Party chairwoman Ann Tornberg says $11 million is a “formidable” amount of money, but she says the party’s goal is to field a candidate to run against Thune.

Thune didn’t have an opponent in the race for his second term in 2010.

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