PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune says everything he knows about politics that is good he learned from former U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor.
Abdnor, the South Dakota Republican who ousted George McGovern from the Senate, died Wednesday at the age of 89. He had been in hospice care recently.
Thune calls Abdnor his mentor. He says Abdnor was a hardworking and effective fighter for South Dakota, and one of the most decent and genuine people to ever hold elective office.
Abdnor was a four-term congressman when he unseated McGovern, Democrats’ 1972 presidential nominee. But he lost his seat after one term to another prominent Democrat, Tom Daschle.
Abdnor was a teacher, farmer and World War II veteran before politics.
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