It may be nearly four years until the 2024 presidential election, but political handicappers are already sizing up the field for the Republican Party.
If Trump runs again, there’s no doubt the party is behind him and he would win the nomination.
But that doesn’t mean the “establishment” of the party still wants him. He might be up in the polls, but leaders like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Mitt Romney don’t seem all that loyal to Trump.
If that ends up being the case, another party is ready to receive Trump.
“Donald Trump’s got a home outside the GOP if they ditch him in 2024 — namely the American Independent Party … which says he’s their guy, assuming he runs for POTUS again.
AIP chairman Markham Robinson tells us he and his party cohorts are dead set on nominating Trump to head up their ticket for the next presidential race … that is, if Trump decides to have another go at it.
There’s still a lot of time to see how things officially play out, but Markham made clear he and the AIP leaders were more than enthusiastic at Trump’s apparent desire to stay in politics, which he strongly hinted at during his CPAC speech this past weekend.”
According to a Washington Times/CPAC poll, Trump is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2024 GOP nomination.
The poll found that over 95% of respondents approved of the job that Trump did as president.
More than two-thirds of respondents said that they wanted Trump to run again, while 15% said they did not, and 17% were unsure.
A staggering 95% of respondents want the GOP to continue pursuing the policies of Trump.
If Trump were to run for president again, 55% of respondents said they would vote for him, followed by 21% for Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, and 4% for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
If Trump is not on the ticket in 2024, a whopping 43% of respondents said that they would vote for DeSantis, followed by 11% for Noem.
Here are the findings from the straw poll, via Daily Wire:
The top issues for respondents, who were allowed to select three, ranked greatest to least:
- Election Integrity – 62%
- Constitutional Rights – 48%
- Immigration/Border Wall – 35%
- Reopening the Economy – 32%
- Second Amendment – 26%
- Taxes/Budget/Spending – 22%
- National Security/Foreign Policy – 20%
- Dignity/Pro-Life – 16%
When it comes to former President Donald Trump’s issue agenda and policies, which of the following comes closest to your personal opinion?
- Republicans should continue Donald Trump’s issue agenda and policies – 95%
- Republicans should change direction and move away from Donald Trump’s issue agenda and policies – 3%
- Unsure – 2%
Would you like to see Donald Trump run for president again in 2024?
- Yes – 68%
- No – 15%
- Unsure – 17%
Thinking ahead, if the 2024 Republican primary for president in your state were held today among the following candidates, for whom would you vote?
- Donald Trump – 55%
- Ron DeSantis – 21%
- Kristi Noem – 4%
- Nikki Haley – 3%
- Mike Pompeo – 2%
Now among a different list of candidates, which does not include Trump, if the 2024 Republican primary for president in your state were held today, for whom would you vote?
- Ron DeSantis – 43%
- Kristi Noem – 11%
- Donald Trump Jr. – 8%
- Mike Pompeo – 7%
- Ted Cruz – 7%
DeSantis was a hit at the Conservative Political Action Convention on Friday, as he addressed a raucous, appreciative crowd in his home state.
Seen as a rising star and a legitimate presidential contender (in the mold of Donald Trump) at some point in the future, DeSantis struck a number of familiar chords in his speech in Orlando as he touted his accomplishments, especially when it came to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.