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Republican John Thune won the 2004 Senate election against Democrat Tom Daschle to become senator of South Dakota.
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He is an advocate for a limited federal government and has vocally opposed President Obama's health-care plan. In 2008, some speculated that Republican presidential candidate John McCain would pick Thune as a running mate. McCain may have passed over Thune in that election,
but rumors about Thune as a possible vice-presidential candidate resurfaced in 2012. Some analysts have also wondered whether the photogenic senator will eventually make his own bid for the White House.
Thune lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife Kimberley. The couple has two daughters, Brittany and Larissa.
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