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Top Contenders: Who Could Possibly Challenge Trump in 2024

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Immediately following President Trump’s unsuccessful 2020 re-election campaign, talking heads from across the political spectrum pontificated that the Republican Party was headed into a period of mourning, that Congressional Republicans and GOP candidates would keep the former President at arm’s length, and that Republicans would abandon Trump outright. One year into President Biden’s term, the pundits have been proven wrong once again. 

The race for 2024 has already begun, with Trump holding his first post-election campaign-style rally in Des Moines, Iowa on October 9, 2021. “We’re going to take America back,” Trump said during the nearly 90-minute rally at the first-in-the-nation caucuses state. Trump even teased a 2024 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again, Again,” he told the crowd. 

For those looking for more concrete signals that Donald Trump has plans to at least explore a 2024 presidential campaign, here are two important clues. First, Trump set up a new political action committee (PAC) called “Save America,” has transferred millions of dollars from his re-election PAC to it, and is sitting on a war chest of over $108 million as of January 31, 2022, according to the most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Second, Trump’s Save America PAC has hired two seasoned GOP operatives from Iowa, all but setting the stage for him should he seek a comeback.

Those steps, combined with Trump’s fundraising prowess, holding large political rallies, and his endorsements in key races across the U.S. leave no doubt that he is the political frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2024, a line echoed by even other potential contenders.  “It’s still a long way down the road, but if Donald Trump decides to run in 2024 again, he’s going to be the Republican nominee, and I think almost everyone that I’ve talked to would agree with that,” former 2020 presidential candidate and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), said recently.

But who could seriously challenge Trump in 2024? Let’s take a look at the people making moves and what recent polling suggests.

Could Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), or Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) launch a serious challenge to former President Trump? Rubio has taken himself out of the running, or so he says. While Hawley has traveled to Iowa, polling has held him at or below 2%. Cruz, who recently signaled he “absolutely” would run for president again. It is believed that he would in fact run again, “if Trump doesn’t” a person close to Sen. Cruz told NBC News. Senator Cruz made it deep into the primary fight in 2016.

Then there are the governors, like Texas’ Greg Abbott, North Dakota’s Kristi Noem, and Florida’s Ron DeSantis. All three are up in 2022, and without succeeding in their re-elections this year, a presidential run may be unlikely. But all are still considered contenders, especially rockstar Governor Desantis.

How about former Ambassador to the U.N. and South Carolina Governor Nikki Halley? Then there are former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence. All three served in the Trump Administration. While Halley has had an on-and-off relationship with Trump, she could be a challenger. Pompeo is rumored to run should Trump decide not to, having traveled to Israel last year and Iowa three times so far. Meanwhile, Mike Pence is increasingly sounding like he is running for president in 2024 and would do so even if Trump also declared. Speaking to the Federalist Society last month, Vice President Pence stated “President Trump is wrong…I had no right to overturn the election,” and in so doing, he seems to be creating an anti-Trump lane in the race for the Republican nomination, albeit with significant pushback.

As was mentioned, the biggest potential challenger to a Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2024 could be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who may not have won the governorship without Trump’s endorsement. According to the straw poll conducted at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, FL, Trump carried 59% of attendees, with DeSantis second with 28% and everyone else at 2% or less. Without Trump on the ballot, DeSantis claimed 61% of CPAC attendees.

This trend seems to be corroborated by a December 13-17 Reuters/Ipsos poll that found Trump at the top of the Republican ticket with 54%, followed by DeSantis with 11%, and Pence with 8%. The same poll held Halley in fourth place with 4% followed by Cruz at 3%, and others at 2% or less.

This year’s 2022 midterms will be a major litmus test for the Governors, and the results may influence Donald Trump’s decision, which is when he hinted he would make an official announcement. At this point, the nomination is clearly Trump’s to lose. Do you see any contenders to Trump in 2024? Let us know in the comments below.

Bob Carlstrom is President of AMAC Action 


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Mary Curry
6 months ago

I think we all should really think twice about supporting Trump again. His policies are great for all Americans, but he is too divisive and caustic in his comments. And I wouldn’t want to see another 4 years of being consumed by impeachments, fake news, etc. I’d love to see someone who would implement his policies but be more like Mike Pence or DeSantis, if not one of them. Of course, we all would agree (I hope!) that anyone would be an improvement over what we have now. He is a complete disaster.

Will Smith
6 months ago
Reply to  Mary Curry

I disagree with you , the way I see it he was sticking up for whats right because the far left kept getting in the way and wouldn’t let him do his job. He is a business man he doesn’t have time for romper room child hood games, and he told them how it was ,the far left lied and cheated the American people while trying to destroy this man . I belive if we were to give him another chance he would make things right, but thats my opinion.

JOHN MOORE
3 months ago
Reply to  Mary Curry

MAYBE WITH THE CONGRESS GOING REPUBLICAN WE WONT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH CRAP

Iris
6 months ago

I don’t know about Putin being a genius, But he warned NATO and USA about having any weapons on the boarders for yrs and by purpose they ignored him! just as we told Russia to remove their weapons from Cuba!
Trump agreed with Putin about many things that’s why Putin didn’t attack Ukraine! We all know sanctions don’t do a damn thing it’s destroying US not Russia! The same ppl that gave us COVIT are the same ppl that are destroying US with this WAR! And Americans are STUPID ENOUGH TO BELIEVE WHAT THEY’RE LIYING ABOUT RUSSIA!

Dan W.
6 months ago
Reply to  Iris

Lying about Putin ordering the bombing of Ukrainian cities ? Are you really believing the Russian propaganda ?

Iris
6 months ago

I will NOT be voting for TRUMP for the 3rd time! Trump messed up with the vaccines, bump stocks, DACA, and Hillary Clinton! He should of put her in Jail like he said he would if he was president and DIDN’T! Not to mention the wall! His always been a Dem.
I will vote for DeSantis! I do hope he does not run on the same ticket with Trump! Or I will not VOTE PERIOD!

Doyle
6 months ago

Nobody gonna challenge Trump in 2024 get over yourselves

Kim
6 months ago

If Mike Pence entered the presidential race, I fear any debates will focus on the in-house squabbling that seemed to overshadow his and President Trump’s relationship in their last months. Pence is a “nice guy”, but lacks the charisma that Trump has. Sorry, but charisma is half the battle. Call it likability, connecting with the people, whatever…if you don’t have it, you won’t get very far.

I’ve always liked Mike Pompeo, and he has great foreign policy experience. Plus, he’s lost a lot of weight. He’s in. I doubt if Cruz or Rubio will enter, and probably not Rand Paul…not in 2024, at least. Cruz would be a good choice for the US Supreme Court, if an opening should occur. Christie, no way. Abbott is a good but has limited range (the border).

Nikki Haley–I don’t know. She did a good job in SC and at the UN, but “the people” just don’t seem to favor her for the presidential seat. I agree with much of what I’ve heard from her, but lots of others don’t. I haven’t decided yet. I need to research Kristi Noem.

DeSantis is the obvious choice for next-in line. If Trump wins the nomination, these 2 would make a fine ticket. Trump won’t settle for the VP spot. I can look past the “mean tweets” and his brash behavior, but many can’t. As long as he factually presents his successes (with numbers and footnotes) and delivers good speeches laying out more plans to MAGA, he’s a strong possibility. A few days ago, while listening to the radio–with one ear–I heard Trump say that while he can’t say the words, “I am going to run in 2024”, he certainly very clearly made the point using other words.

Lee S McQuillen
6 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Cruz needs to stay in the Senate. He’s a powerful voice for our country there and it would be a shame to lose that. However, Cruz would make an excellent Supreme Court Justice as well. Rand Paul is another one we need in the Senate.

Judy K.
6 months ago

If Trump runs again, he would likely win if he didn’t have someone who is articulate and has proven moral integrity and character running against him. Someone down the line here mentioned Mike Pompeo, and at first I thought, mm no, but I thought about it and he is a moral man and has excellent foreign relations experience. He’s also intelligent and speaks very well. If he ran, I just might vote for him if he ends up as the nominee. Trump should be Speaker of the House, I think he would do well in that position. He’s a businessman, and is intelligent. Ron DeSantis would be a great President, so maybe a DeSantis/Pompeo ticket would be good…maybe DeSantis/Noem would be good too.
NOW…..Let’s pray the Commies don’t create another disaster and shut the country down or control our elections by nationalizing them by Executive Order!! These demons will try anything to remain in power! PRAY!!!

johnh
6 months ago

I do not think that Trump wants to be POTUS in 2024 as based on two of his comments in the last few months. Comments: If elected I might pardon all of the people arrested for Jan 6th protest as they are treated unfairly ( How can Trump say it is okay to assault the Capitol police officers like they did) and then ” Putin is a genius for the way he invaded Ukraine”. In my opinion, these are not the statements from a stable mind or leader in 2024

Nobody’s Business
6 months ago
Reply to  johnh

You should get your head out of your ass. Putin is a genius because he code to attack Ukraine because we have a retard for a president and no one will stop him. The capital officers weren’t attacked they opened the doors to the protesters which meant it was an inside job with FBI insiders trying to incite the crowd. The only one that was hurt was an innocent unarmed woman that was shot by a scared of his own shadow cop that wasn’t in any danger. You should know better than to believe the liberal media when there is plenty of info out there if you look. Shame on you.

Dan W.
6 months ago

Somebody forgot to tell the Ukrainians that Putin is a genius.

Nobody’s Business
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

You are still missing the point. Putin is a genius because he is pretty much doing what he wants because no one has the balls to stop him.

Dan W.
6 months ago

Sorry but your boy expected to have Zelenskyy in custody, the Ukrainian cities pacified and a parade through downtown Moscow by now.

Close but no cigar.

Nobody’s Business
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

You are still to stupid to get the point, Putin is not my boy and neither are you. What part of Putin doing what he wants because your Retard shit your pants President which you sound like you voted for will not do anything to stop him and neither will the rest of the world without our leadership. Now go back to your mom’s basement and wait till it’s time for her to change your diaper.

Dan W.
6 months ago

Wow. You must have been toilet trained at the point of a gun.

Are you mad because your boy miscalculated about the ability of his army, or because he is showing himself to be a war criminal (again) or are you just mad in general ?

Kim
6 months ago

…and that’s because biden is in the White House.

Susie Qute
6 months ago

Doors were opened from the inside on January 6th. theepochtimes.com/someone-opened-the-doors-from-the-inside-jan-6-defense-attorney-says_4242633.html

Rhonda
6 months ago

I would definitely vote for Trump if he ends up being the nominee; however, my concern about Trump centers around some of the personnel decisions that he made during his term. He seemed to hire more rinos than conservatives, who gave him recommendations that were against the country’s and Trump’s best interests.

I want a true conservative, in any case. Pompeo, DeSantis, I think would be good choices. Whoever is the nominee will need to start getting rid of all the backstabbing rinos (if possible) in government agencies. I think these people have hurt and will continue to hurt any Republican president, especially a true conservative.

johnh
6 months ago
Reply to  Rhonda

Good points & I would include Nikki as a possible candidate. But if Trump runs again, a couple of these may not run against him —- so he needs to hand the baton over.

Honey
6 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Haley must not be on the ticket. Her first instinct was too run announcing she was against Trump’s presidency. Ungrateful.She was a good UN ambassador but it was Trump who put her there. We do not need a any anti Trumper anywhere near the White House.

lindylou
6 months ago
Reply to  johnh

agreed Mr. Trump needs to pass the baton to someone (like DeSantis) who has less baggage than he. DeSantis is a real leader and (in my opinion) would make a great president. Mr. Trump could be a huge help from an advisory position for the republican party/administration.

MJB
6 months ago
Reply to  Rhonda

Rhonda, I do agree with some of your comments but who’s really responsible for putting Rinos in positions of power. The American voter who has elected and re elected these jerks. Trump was willing to work with everyone but we’ve got some pretty entrenched people in Washington DC. Time for us to make changes and weed some of these people out, or as I like to call them swamp creatures. I’m pleased to say that one of our senators is a Rino and he is calling it quits. We’ve got some pretty strong conservatives to replace him. Then we’ll also work on getting rid of our Rino Governor! As far as everything goes, I’d like to see President Trump run again. DeSantis would be a great VP choice who would get some experience on a National and international level so when it’s time for him to be come President he’d be a good fit. I love Mike Pompeo and have the utmost respect for him. If he would run in place of President Trump I’d be okay with that too. Hawley, Cruz, have potential but they’re very effective where they are. A few years from now it could make sense. I also think Cruz would be a great addition to the Supreme Court at some point in the future.

susan
6 months ago
Reply to  Rhonda

Rhonda, President Trump all the way in 2024. I think he’s made a lot of poor choices hiring more rinos too but…I also think he’s learned a long, hard lesson from doing that again. Next time around, I’m sure he will “totally clean house” at the WH, no dems on board whatsoever and now he has a better handle on who’s pretty much a RINO vs. who’s not. Keep in mind…he wasn’t a politician when he came on board the WH…so as they say…”live and learn.” And I’m pretty darn sure he has “learned,” a lot. Next Presidency will be much better (IF it can get any better…he ran a pretty darn tight ship and did a wonderful job all things considered against him!).

Ginny
6 months ago

I think Trump did a wonderful job even though he had to fight the Dems for the entire 4 years. I hope his ego gets out of the way and he lets someone else take the position. Many people voted against Trump and now we have Biden. DeSantis and Noem would be a great ticket, Hawley I hope will wait a couple of terms.

MJB
6 months ago
Reply to  Ginny

Ginny, I don’t think President Trump did all that he did for his ego. I think he’s a confident man who truly loves this country and all of her people. There aren’t many people complaining about all the positive things he was able to accomplish. And yes fighting for everything against power hungry Dems and their complicit media buds. I don’t believe that that many Americans would vote for someone like Biden who has a lower IQ than a turnip in your grocery store. Too much corruption took place and while we’re paying for all this in more ways than one with Dems at the helm, people need to find better sources of info to base their opinions upon. Doesn’t make sense when a sitting President receives 12 million votes more that his first run, and a “competitor” who hides down his basement and doesn’t know where he is most of the time, supposedly gets millions of votes more than a popular bi-racial president. Common sense! It’s got nothing to do with personality or ego. It’s called election fraud. Keep your eyes open for the midterms! Demonrats will do and say anything to have power and control.

Kim
6 months ago
Reply to  MJB

Agreed, MJB!

An egomaniac doesn’t do things for other people’s benefit, but that’s exactly what Donald Trump did. He has a special rapport with the working man/woman, and many of his economic policies reflect that side of his personality. So he’s a little brash or sometimes speaks before he thinks. Some ego, lots of confidence, sure. That’s okay, and that’s what made Trump a great president “for the people”. Better that than a demented puppet who can’t discern who’s pulling the strings, or why.

Roneco
6 months ago

A DeSantis/Noem Ticket would be a major victory for this nation. They both value the Trump doctrine.

Lee S McQuillen
6 months ago
Reply to  Roneco

I like what you said – the Trump doctrine. That says what needs to be said about what we need in this country. Good thinking!

Morbious
6 months ago

Trumps exertions to turn this country around and get it on the right track we’re enormous but the sad fact is that his personality has created a deep and abiding hatred among far too many and im not talking about leftists only. Reagan won by appealing to traditional democrat voters as well as true believers in the republican party. I realize its not 1980 anymore but crossover voters as well as the waffling independents are absolutely necessary. We will know much more and have a clearer view after the next election, especially in Florida. If Desantis trounces his opponent my hope is that trump will throw his support behind him. Trump will be 78 in 2024.

Honey
6 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

Reagan was despised for his eight years by the same terrible people who hate Trump now.
DeSantis will be hated if he runs. We cannot worry about people who hate conservatives.
We have to support our people, period.

Sue Lauderdale
6 months ago

We need someone other than Donald Trump as Presidential candidate – he is too obnoxious. I support the Republican party and appreciate a lot of the things President Trump was able to accomplish, but now we need a change.

Wyatt
6 months ago

I am looking for Chris Christie to get into the game … he seems to be more rational and have more common sense than all the other potential candidates. Not sure why he was not even mentioned in this article … clearly this is is an oversight that should be corrected. Christie can win 2024!

Dan W.
6 months ago
Reply to  Wyatt

However Christie seems, he can’t win GOP primaries in 2024.

Sharon E Russo
6 months ago
Reply to  Wyatt

Chris Christie
Did a piss poor job for NJ
He is not a good candidate to run the country

MJB
6 months ago
Reply to  Wyatt

Wyatt, Chris Christie is another Rino. Common sense? Don’t count on it.

Honey
6 months ago
Reply to  Wyatt

Troll and a joke.

Kim
6 months ago
Reply to  Wyatt

Christie can’t win based on how much he has cozied up to the MSM.

Carol
6 months ago

I’m concerned with how the country would react if Trump were elected again. The leftist were livid and took our country thru a 4 year rollercoaster ride trying so hard to hurt not only Trump but our country too! If Trump gets re-elected, leftists would start burning the country down again! Can America go thru another 4 years of another rollercoaster ride with more violence and hate than the left already has? Everyone knows the left will resort to anything to get its way! I’m sick of the division, hate and violence that is engulfing our country! Lord have mercy on America!

MJB
6 months ago
Reply to  Carol

Carol, come on now. No matter what Republican gets into office these lunatics are going to resort to violence. Says a great deal about the Demonrats doesn’t it?
Part of the problem is people not standing up for the principles this country was built upon. You saw violence and chaos throughout this country because of Demonrat politicians, billionaires, including big tech, stirring the pot of division. Helping it along were the beloved national news media, which has become complicit in all of this. America was built upon a foundation of law and order and all of the freedoms these Demonrats are trying to take away. At some point you have to decide to stand up for what’s right or sit in a corner an cower. Which will you do?

Joyce
6 months ago
Reply to  Carol

From my perspective the hate, Proud Boys, White Supremists, Q’Anon, other miserable groups, increased racial issues, violence accelerated once Trump began campaigning. I am in my 80’s. I know what I was seeing. Trump incites mobs, definitely wrong for us.There were always violent eruptions at his rallies. He is not a balanced, rational person.Too many books written by insiders prove that for him to be president would be disastrous. A cabinet position, perhaps, but not president.

Kim
6 months ago
Reply to  Joyce

Have you ever attended one of President Trump’s rallies, Joyce? If not, on what are you basing your observation that “There were always violent eruptions at his rallies”. Some eruptions, yes, all planted by the dems and their co-conspirators.

I went to one of his rallies. All but one of the many thousands of attendees were respectful, patient, and kind to one another. That one person who caused a disruption bullied his way in front of me and my new friends, insisting that he was going to get Trump’s autograph. Within 2 minutes, he was quietly hauled off by security. If you ever had attended a rally, you would have seen—felt—the love these patriots have for this man.

I don’t give a rat’s a55 about mean tweets or even his bold “New York demeanor”. (I grew up in NJ and know when to dismiss the hyperbole.) As president, he got things done that any sane person living in the U.S. would think were good ideas. Secured the border, lowered taxes, stimulated business startups with low taxes and fewer regulations, millions of new jobs, fortified our defenses, exposed China for the thieves they are…and kept a wary Putin out of Ukraine. Those “books written by insiders”? C’mon, turn off NPR and CNN and wake up to what’s really going on here.

LUKE KNIGHT
6 months ago

We should have a candidate in the back ground just in case Trump got sick and could not participate.

Bonnie Jean
6 months ago

I think that Trump should run again if he chooses to. A good VP, would not go against what everyone with a brain was saying… “the elections were not falsified anywhere” … not that Jan.6th was something that anyone other than a Democrat or their operatives created. (Just think… who said they didn’t need any extra police help that day… Pelosi… EOS). Pence seemed like a nice guy who probably helped with the Christian vote… but he turned and was unable to stand up for the truth which has been proven time and time again… the 2020 election was ripe with multiple copied ballots, ballots from dead people and animals.
I think a Trump/ DeSantis Ticket could be great… also a Trump/ Pompeo Ticket. Either man could then become the next president if Trump was able to create similar improvements which would help us get out of the rubble of the Democrat/Socialist/Communist Party as it has shown what it truly is.
Down the Line Nikki Haley, or Kristi Noem, or several others mentioned might make good VP’s and perhaps Presidents. Tim Scott would also make an excellent VP now and then perhaps the next President. All of the above should be key figures in the new White House of 2024…if we can survive until then.
Those who have shown themselves to be RINOS need to be voted out. They are nothing but a block to getting things done. For all we know George Soros funds their campaigns too. And all Patriots and Constitutionalists need to vote for Trump or one of the above and allow us a chance to rebuild America… they can fight to save the Constitution far more easily under Trump than whatever Communist the Democrats dig out from under a rock.

Honey
6 months ago
Reply to  Bonnie Jean

No to Haley, yes to Noem and Scott.

Cyndy
6 months ago

I would endorse a Trump/DeSantis ticket. I’m sure Trump’s desire is to run again, and I wouldn’t want him to “run over” Gov. DeSantis. If the two men enjoy a mutually respectable relationship, I think that could be a winning team.

susabella
6 months ago
Reply to  Cyndy

That would be a winner, but I would prefer DeSantis sans Trump. Lots and lots of very good conservatives out there without all the drama and ego of Trump.

Lee S McQuillen
6 months ago
Reply to  susabella

But do they have the ability and knowledge that Trump has? We need someone who knows people and business in this position, not a politician. Most of the names proposed here are good people but may not know how to run such a big business as our government. However, with proper choices of cabinet members, etc., someone open to help but these others would be a good choice as well.

James
6 months ago

I do not plan to vote for Trump in the primary but if he is the nominee then I’ll vote for him.

Ann
6 months ago
Reply to  James

In order for President Trump to be re-elected, we all have to vote for him in the primary.

2004done
6 months ago
Reply to  James

James: assume you have a preferred choice for the primary, and curious: who/ why?

Deb
6 months ago

I think because being conservative in through and surrounding yourself with like minded you need to have a personality that draws people together. I don’t see that in Pence, Nikki Haley, Abbott, Cruz, or Noem. Though I don’t know her as well. I do see it in Desantis and Trump.

PapaGrouch
6 months ago

I would like to see DeSantis remain in Florida, at least for now. Not because he is not qualified to be president, he very much is! but because he is doing such an outstanding job in Florida! which has a huge population that is growing still, much by blue transplants. And he’s holding the line there really well, thank you. With whom would he be replaced? Florida has a lot of national influence. DeSantis is needed there. If he were chosen to be VP, he would just be wasted. The VP, with all due respect, is a more figurehead and national representative. Even though that office is the #2, you get my meaning. DeSantis is young, he has a long and distinguished career in front of him, has outstanding patriotic and national focus, and he’s a moral man. Maybe in ’28.
Cruz, Pompeo, Cotton perhaps, all good potential leaders, not VPs. I think the world of Kristy Noem and see her as a really strong VP, for now. Just imagine her as VP vs the kakkling POS Harris. Noem would ABSOLUTELY have had a positive influence representing the US at NATO, because she is wise, articulate, insightful, focused, etc. Same with Pence. He was a good VP, a real good VP and I think he showed the world that he is qualified as #2 ready to step up as #1. The world paid attention to that (again, vs Harris? Really?)
Halley back in the UN. As much as I hate the worthless corrupt UN, it’s here to stay. She did a great job standing for the US and not taking globalists’ BS, and would only be better now with her experience in that arena.

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