Rounds will make Senate run official Thursday

Former Gov. Mike Rounds will announce Thursday whether he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tim Johnson.

Here’s a spoiler: he’s running.

I don’t have any official confirmation of this fact, but I’d be willing to stake my hypothetical Powerball winnings that Rounds enters the race tomorrow.

I say this not just because Rounds has been signalling a Senate run for a year now, but because of the nature of Rounds’ announcement tomorrow. He’s holding three news conferences, in his hometown of Pierre and in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.

You don’t hold three news conferences in one day if you’re announcing you’re not running.

More later. Here’s my initial story:

Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds will announce his U.S. Senate plans Thursday.

Rounds, who formed a committee to explore running for the Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Johnson, will hold events in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls on Thursday.

Johnson has yet to announce whether he’ll seek another term.

No other Republicans or Democrats have publically discussed interest in the seat.

Rounds served as governor from 2003 to 2011. After leaving office, he returned to the insurance and real estate company he worked at before being elected, Fischer, Rounds & Associates.

He announced his consideration of a Senate bid in September.

The Pierre announcement will be at 8:30 a.m. CST at 808 W. Sioux Ave. The Rapid City event will follow four hours later at 11:30 a.m. MST at 909 Saint Joseph St. Finally, at 4 p.m. CST, Rounds will speak at the University Center in Sioux Falls at 4801 N. Career Avenue.