Former South Dakota state senator “actively considers” 2020 U.S. House run

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A former state Senator says he’s “actively considering a run for the U.S. House” in 2020, potentially challenging the republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson.

Neal Tapio announced Monday his intentions via Facebook. In the press statement, Tapio says he’s “encouraged by an outpouring of support from across South Dakota.”

Tapio was elected to the South Dakota Senate from District Five in Watertown in 2016. Later in the year, he became the State Director for Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign.

The former state Senator pledged to support the President in his press statement and took aim at Rep. Johnson for showing “weakness in times of emergency.”

In a previous post on his Facebook page, Tapio criticized Johnson for not supporting the President and said if he wasn’t challenged in the next election, “he will be our next United States Senator and will represent South Dakota for the next 30 years.”

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