The pool of candidates for the 2024 GOP nomination could begin to swell next month, meaning former President Donald Trump will have to fight for his party’s nomination after all to face off against Joe Biden in the general election.
While many names have been tossed around as possible Republicans, including former Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence and current governors Ron DeSantis and Glenn Yonkin, insiders are now adding South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. Mix as well.
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Tim Scott’s shining moment?
From Congressional Reporter Elijah Collins The Wall Street JournalSenator Scott “is taking steps to run for president.”
Scott made the rounds nationally during the 2022 midterm elections where he made multiple endorsements and campaign appearances with Republicans. While this is not an unusual thing for a popular senator or politician to do, it only adds fuel to the fire of speculation now that he will also travel to Iowa, which is the first voting state for the Republican primary in late February.
According to Forbes, Scott “has made key recruits for a super PAC in support of his political ambitions, Axios reported last week, and will hold a listening tour this week in celebration of Black History Month where he will preach a message of ‘hope and opportunity.’
Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota has publicly expressed his support for Scott’s presidential campaign.
“Tim running would be very well received by many members of the Senate, myself included,” Sen. Rounds said in an interview with The Hill. “He’s sharp. He has a business background. He has a great personal story.”
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“There are a lot of us who basically encouraged him to at least consider that kind of run,” he continued. “It’s good news, we think, that he’s at least exploring the possibility.”
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Who is Vivek Ramaswamy?
Vivek Ramaswamy is a bestselling author (“Woke Inc” and “Nation of Victims”) and entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies in the healthcare sector. The 37-year-old businessman is a first-generation American, his parents immigrating from India to Ohio where Ramaswamy was born and raised.
According to Daniel Lipman from Politico, Ramaswamy is currently eyeing a presidential run that appears to be gaining some traction toward an official announcement after visiting Iowa for a speech appearance last week.
“He is [Ramaswamy] Lippman writes, “Among other things, his warnings about the dangers of ‘Wickism’ and socially-responsible investing — in business parlance called environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing — have been tested. With Republican politicians, business leaders and, yes, farmers. Political currency.”
Lipman continued that Ramaswamy “wants to pull off what Donald Trump did in 2016: enter the race with an entrepreneurial spirit, unconventional ideas and few expectations, and ultimately build a core following that will carry him.”
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Everyone vs. Donald Trump
Former President Donald Trump, so far the only official GOP candidate for 2024, has maintained a steady lead as the GOP’s leader since leaving office in 2021 and, despite contested election results and the appearance of Capitol riots on Jan. 6, maintains Republicans will face President Joe Biden in 2024. Position of the preferred candidate in
However, while other candidates may try to fight for their shot at the nomination, most polling indicates that the fight could ultimately come down to Trump and DeSantis, should DeSantis officially enter the race.
According to the latest Monmouth University poll released Feb. 9, “While Trump has gained some ground over the past two months, he trails DeSantis in a head-to-head race. At the same time, either candidate is favored over other popular Republican officeholders, suggesting a two-person contest in the minds of most GOP voters right now.”
Outside of Trump (33%) and DeSantis (33%), other potential candidates mentioned by the poll include Mike Pence (2%), Nikki Haley (1%), Ted Cruz (1%), Rand Paul (1% ), and Mike Pompeo (1%).
“Trump and DeSantis are getting most of the media attention,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “So it’s not surprising that most Republican voters don’t come up with any names other than those two.”
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