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2024 Hopefuls: Which Republicans Are Leading the Pack? 

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We are less than 120 days away from the 2022 midterm elections, nevertheless, the media, political analysts, and pundits are interestingly talking about the 2024 presidential contest. In a normal election year, the incumbent president would exhaust their use of the bully pulpit, even in the face of an average 24-seat loss historically. But President Biden is nowhere to be found, giving Republicans an even greater opportunity to flip control of Congress with momentum headed into 2024. That makes calls for President Biden to step aside all the more plausible. However, all eyes are rightfully on the 2024 Republican Party primary given the strong bench of conservative contenders. So of the 2024 hopefuls, which Republicans are leading the pack? Let’s take a look.

History would lend that the vice president of the party that lost reelection would be the automatic frontrunner. Vice President Mike Pence is looking more and more likely to announce a campaign for Commander in Chief. Since leaving the Oval Office, Pence has visited Iowa, the first in the nation caucus, three times, twice in 2021 and this past April as he endorsed a slew of candidates throughout the Hawkeye State. However, his approval rating remains in unfavorable territory as Real Clear Politics average of recent polls taken in June finds Pence with a 38% favorable to 49% unfavorable rating among registered voters and his apparent rift with President Trump could hurt him if not carefully repaired.

In addition to Pence, other former Trump administration officials are also eyeing the White House. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is often mentioned given his success overseas with the elimination of ISIS from Iraq and Syria, and the Abraham Accords that brought Muslim nations to the table with Israel and the U.S. and reached peace agreements, something that has evaded presidents of both parties for over thirty years. Nikki Haley is another cabinet official making headlines and has been friendly to her former boss Trump.

A number of members of Congress including Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) the latter who battled deep into the primary in 2016 are likely to throw their hats in the ring. Cruz has clearly shown he has the conservative bonafides to be a contender and is polling mid-pack.

President Trump clearly currently leads the Republican field, having won poll after poll when matched up with other Republicans. His share of the vote is more than twice any other likely candidate. A crowded field likely favors Trump, with no other candidate able to consolidate enough support to upend him. However, when Trump is not on the ballot, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is emerging as the party’s preferred alternative to Trump. Could there be some opportunity for the two to combine powers? Relations remain good between the two powerhouses as President Trump recently complimented DeSantis’s leadership in Florida.

A June 2022 Harris/Harvard University poll found that Governor DeSantis is the most popular Republican in America, with a +6 favorability rating among Republican registered voters. The same poll found that Trump leads the pack among GOP voters, garnering 56% support with DeSantis far behind with 16%. However, when Trump is not on the ballot, the same poll shows that Governor DeSantis is the “clear runner up” receiving 36% support followed by Vice President Pence with 17%.

The media will try again to portray the Republican primaries as a cannibalistic implosion of the party, rest assured. Hopefully Republicans will likely be wise enough to avoid giving Democrats ammunition for the general election as they battle it out in the primary. Meanwhile, Democrats, who should be lined up and ready to use their bully pulpit to their advantage, are now wondering if Sleepy Joe will even step up to the plate, and they are seemingly jockeying to be the viable replacement to Biden should he choose not to seek re-election in 2024. All the Republican hopefuls should be speaking to this fact publicly, while the party continues to line up a strong bench of presidential contenders offering a number of solid conservative choices for American voters.

Who is your preferred choice for 2024? Let us know in the comments below.

Bob Carlstrom is President of AMAC Action


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Ted L.
2 months ago

Here is the great thing if you are a Trump lover like me and any good Christian! It doesn’t matter who the other competitors are in the GOP primary. Trump will destroy them all on day one, before there are even any debates. I hope Desantis is smart enough not to run; Trump will wipe the floor with him. I love that Trump is already pointing out that Desantis was NOTHING before Trump endorsed him. He is sending the warning signals, folks!! Don’t even bother running unless you want to become a stain on the floor.

Maybe Desantis will be allowed to be Trump’s running mate if he asks very nicely…. but look what happened with Pence. Trump got him to completely swear his allegiance, no questions asked, but Pence crossed him anyway. If I were Trump I would NOT trust anyone who wanted to be my running mate!

ATLguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Ted L.

Yes — if DeSantis knows what he’s doing, he will promise to do anything Trump asks him to do. And that has to extend into DeSantis’s own presidency, should that happen — he takes his marching orders from one person, DJT. Trump still needs to be in charge even if it’s not him in the White House.

DHouston
1 month ago
Reply to  ATLguy

Exactly!

Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  Ted L.

Well said, Ted! DeSantis couldn’t get a bus transfer before Trump started hanging out with him, and he’d do well to remember that.

DHouston
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Indeed!

DHouston
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted L.

EXACTLY!

Steven Cramer
2 months ago

Former President Trump outworked all of other presidents and his opponents and did more for our Country than any other presidents.

DHouston
1 month ago
Reply to  Steven Cramer

PRIMISEZ MADE. PROMISES KEPT.
#BESTPresidentEVER = PDJT ????????????????????

GT Patriot
2 months ago

Lets get real. At the moment any true conservative wins 2-3 primaries, CNN will go beserk.

GT Patriot
2 months ago

There are many solid repub candidates. Why are we having this conversation ? The democrats have no candidates.

Desantis , Hawley, and Pompeo are all solid candidates. And there are others.

Again this is a worthwhile conversation. The choices among dems is a useless conversation,
There are none.

Marc
2 months ago

DeSantis is by far the best choice. He can unite ALL Republican voters and the independents. I voted for Trump twice but he won’t get nearly as many independent voters as DeSantis will and we need independents to win convincingly.

Bob The Builder
2 months ago

Lmaooo, all these conservatives out of their minds.

CassCowgirl
2 months ago

Mike Pence?? HAHAHAHA, well, he couldn’t give America 10 days of a committee made up of 5 senators, 5 members of the house and 5 members of SCOTUS to investigate the massive number of allegations of voter fraud that had already surfaced by Jan 6 and people think he could give America 4 good years? HA! Well, he would need an appropriate running mate, maybe Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger, or Michelle Obama. They are certainly in the same class as Pence. But all we are suffering now is because Pence couldn’t give U.S. those 10 days.

Trump and DeSantis would be a rock star ticket, then DeSantis for 8 years. But thanks to Pence’s actions they know they can get away with vote fraud so who knows if we will have actual elections anyway.

KFrazz
2 months ago
Reply to  CassCowgirl

Yep.

DHouston
1 month ago
Reply to  CassCowgirl

Pense is a CORRUPT-AS-SIN TRAITOR + PEDO. Go do some research on him bk in Indiana, even B4 he was governor + then while governor. BOTH he and his “wife” are (were) into child trafficking, etc. Besides, they were sent on VaCa to GITMO. Buh-Bye! ????????????????

Finn
2 months ago

Unfortunately Mike Pence is a Rhino

DHouston
1 month ago
Reply to  Finn

Worse than that, PENSE IS (was) A TRAITOR + PEDO. Done plenty of research on him in Indiana. Honestly, do not believe the real M.P. is w/us any more…He’s met his God. Buh-bye. ????

Finman
2 months ago

The GOP needs to educate the minorities and bring the thieving democrats up on treason charges, insider trading, and impeachment charges. Or are we surrounded by a bunch of Rhino looking out for there own political career and checkbook. We need patriots running. Successful business owners that have Christian values.

pete
2 months ago

they could put a conservative Labrador retriever on the ticket and I would vote for he/she. I have one that’s smarter than these #$%%$^libs.

Laura Germani
2 months ago

I liked Trump, but I don’t think he deals that well with the Liberals. I can’t handle another four years of the Dems chasing Trump. Nothing will get done. I really like DeSantis. He stands up to the Progressives in a way that Trump just wasn’t able to. DeSantis is a rock star! If he actually runs, he’s got my vote!

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura Germani

DeSantis will get the same treatment Trump rec’d, sadly enough…Perhaps in 2028, assuming Trump serves his 3rd term in 2024, since his 2nd term was outright stolen from him, despite the fact he won it… DeSantis will remain in Florida as their governor for a few more years at the least imho…
Bill… :~)

DHouston
1 month ago
Reply to  Laura Germani

Then, you obviously do not know what’s been going on behind the scenes…even B4 2020. You need to do some real research.
WAKE UP.

Craig
2 months ago

Marco Rubio!

Craig
2 months ago
Reply to  Craig

I should add, it is the Republican’s to lose in 2024. Let’s elect someone who can serve 8 years. Someone who can expand the base for years to come.

Craig
2 months ago

Ted Cruz would be an excellent addition to the SCOTUS if he wants it. History had proven that Senators make lousy POTUS. Just look at Joe.

JayJay
2 months ago

I love President Trump and I am so angry at the cheating and manipulating of votes. I watched the facts gathered by Sydney Powell and believed. I have also watched “2000 Mules”, and believe the, in my opinion, indisputable evidence of ballot harvesting, ballot box stuffing, etc. I still burn when I remember how Chief Justice Roberts would not allow the Supreme Court to judge Ms. Powell’s evidence. I sincerely believe Donald Trump won the 2020 election by a landslide. I want him to get the chance to correct the damage done by the Biden/Obama/Soros administration. I want my legally elected president to finish his term in 2024 and Ron DeSantis in 2028. I love Senator Cruz, but would rather see him on the Supreme Court. That said I consider Mike Pence in the same backstabbing cadre that has Romney, Cheney and the rest of the RINO’s. I would not vote for him unless he was actually running against someone such as Schumer, Hitler or old Nick himself!

Ralph
2 months ago
Reply to  JayJay

Ted Cruz has publicly stated he has no interest in serving on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Craig
2 months ago

Trump-DeSantis 2024. This will be an unbeatable ticket. President Trump is the only candidate that strikes fear in the Marxist Democrats. Look whomever is the Republican nominee they will go after them with a vengeance no different than President Trump. With that said. Stop worrying about what the Marxist Democrats will do and let’s take back our country now!!!!!!!

Gary
2 months ago

Trump’s highly successful and highly attended rallies , post presidency , are all anyone needs to see that he’s , by far , the most popular Republican for 2024 . All the other Republicans are fine . But they have not been able to draw the crowds that the Don has .
Even the existing President can’t draw any crowds ! I would suspect that the only Republican besides Trump who could draw large crowds to a rally would be DeSantis . But Floridians want to keep him . And, DeSantis will still be young in 2028 & 2032 . I really do like ALL the possible Republican hopefuls . We’re blessed to have such wonderful people on our side . But , i also think that we all feel that we have some unfinished business that has to be attended to . It’s clear that the 2020 election was stolen and we all know that that has to be undone . I sense , that many of us are chomping at the bitt for chance to take back America from those who stole it . We must put them down .

Charissa Gentry
2 months ago

I would definitely vote for Pres Trump again! Despite his personality issues, he did what he said he’d do, America First! It’s a shame his accomplishments have been overshadowed by the Dems relentless campaign against him! I like Desantis for VP or Pompeo. Desantis has shown he’ll stand up for the people on domestic issues, and Pompeo has already proven his prowess on the international stage. Either would be a great pic for VP IMO.

Craig
2 months ago

Who cares about his personality issues. I’d love to read some “Mean tweets” right now. You people with the personality issues need to get over it.

Gary
2 months ago

Charisa , i know that Trump is not the most ‘pollished’ speaker. But he comes across as genuine . No one’s perfect . Remember that old saying , “don’t judge anyone by their words but by their deeds” . I think we have a truly great Republican team forming up here for both the Mid-terms and 2024 . We have many wonderful candidates for all levels of government. And this makes me feel confident for our future , if only we can get these team members into office . All we gotta do is vote .

NinaRae
2 months ago

Donald Trump is our preferred candidate for President; Of the remaining four, We would list them as: 2nd Choice Ron DeSantis, 3rd Ted Cruz, 4th Rand Paul.
We would not vote for Pence at all. His previous actions of disloyalty speak loudly. He’s not trustworthy.

Paul Lindberg
2 months ago

I like Mike Pence, but I’m afraid he was fatally damaged politically due to his failure to even try to expose the voter fraud in 2020. I like Ted Cruz, but he is too loyal to compete with Trump – he will support Trump if he chooses to run, and would make a good VP. Ron DeSantis is still desperately needed in Florida, and should not run. Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley are both still second string, and might make good VPs, but not president. So I will stick with Trump for president and whoever he chooses as VP.

Mark
2 months ago

I feel that a candidate very close to President Trump and fully endorsed by him would really have a better chance of winning independent voters and maybe even some democrats wanting to get away from the far left policies of the current administration.
This person would not be carrying the baggage that has been (unfairly in most accounts) been laid upon the former president.
It is a shame that he and his former vice president did not end with that kind of relationship.
Someone maybe even as close as Donald Junior himself might make a stronger ticket. Same ideals same strength fully supported, but without the luggage.

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