Donald Trump's announcement that he is running for president in 2024 will likely ignite the Republican race for the White House.
Almost two years since he lost the presidential election to Joe Biden, Donald Trump is still considered the most powerful and popular politician in the Republican Party. He is also the overwhelming favorite to win the party's nomination in 2024.
Despite his overwhelming popularity, many Republican leaders and strategists are not expecting Trump's announcement to clear the field of potential contenders in his way.
Due to the growing number of complaints about the former president, many Republican members of Congress are now calling out his role in the party's losses in the last two elections. These include the 2018 midterms, the 2020 election, and the 2022 midterm elections.
David Tamasi, a prominent Republican fundraiser, said in a Fox News interview that many of the party's top donors are no longer supporting Donald Trump. He said that many of them are tired of the losses that the former president has stacked up.
New Hampshire's popular governor, Chris Sununu, said that a potential Trump presidency does not "clear the field" for the Republican Party.
Despite the growing number of potential Republican candidates, Sununu noted that the field of presidential candidates is still wide open.
There are many potential Republican presidential candidates who are still considering running for president in 2024.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
After winning the Florida governor's race in 2018, Republican Ron DeSantis was re-elected last week. DeSantis, who is 44 years old and is almost three decades younger than Trump, became a force to be considered due to his ability to build a political brand that spans the country.
Over the past two and a half years, the popularity of DeSantis has increased significantly among conservatives. His strong stance against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and his aggressive approach toward the media have also contributed to his growing popularity.
Ron DeSantis now favorite over Donald Trump to win 2024 election — Bookmakers https://t.co/QTPK23aE6W pic.twitter.com/P74HBHAKD9
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 9, 2022
For a long time, DeSantis has avoided talking about running for president in 2024. However, after winning the governor's race in Florida, he gave hints about a potential White House run during his victory speech.
Since his poll numbers started to rival those of Trump in the presidential race, the former president has started to target the Florida governor. In the days before and after the 2018 elections, Trump started referring to DeSantis as "Ron DeSanctimonius."
SC Senator Tim Scott
Scott, who is a rising star in the Republican Party, easily won re-election last week. He has stated that he would be leaving the Senate after six years.
“I’m running up the escalator,” Tim Scott says when asked if he’s running for president while taking escalator up to Senate votes
He gave a speech last week hinting at 2024
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) November 15, 2022
During his victory speech last week, Scott surprised many people by sharing a story about how his grandfather voted for him in 2012 and Barack Obama, who was the country's first African-American president.
Scott stated that he wished his grandfather would have lived long enough to see another African-American become the president of the US but this time let it be a Republican.
Former VP Mike Pence
The book release of Trump's former Vice President, Mike Pence, just hours before the former president made his 2024 campaign announcement, has caught the attention of the media.
In his book, titled "So Help Me God," Pence talks about the accomplishments of the Trump-Pence administration. However, he also criticizes the former president.
During his first book tour interview, Pence talked about the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Right-wing extremists targeted the building in an attempt to stop the congressional certification of Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race.
BREAKING: Mike Pence announces he is considering a 2024 run against Trump https://t.co/jiOKzg6ya0
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 15, 2022
During the interview, which was conducted on ABC News, Pence criticized the actions and words of Trump on January 6. He said that the president's statements during the rally that day were reckless and endangered his family and the people inside the US Capitol.
Senator Ted Cruz
Although he was the runner-up to Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race, Senator Ted Cruz has not ruled out a potential White House run. He has been making frequent visits to early voting states. He told various media outlets that running for president in 2016 was the most fun he had ever experienced.
Cruz, who is a conservative firebrand from Texas, also stated that he would "wait and see" what Trump decides regarding his future political actions. Now that Trump has launched his campaign it will be interesting to see what Cruz decides to do.
Former Sec. of State Mike Pompeo
Like Pence, Pompeo has been making frequent visits to early voting states. In September, he told Fox News that he was not ruling out a potential White House run.
Mike Pompeo won't let Trump announcement keep him from entering 2024 GOP campaign https://t.co/cIRscYJb2H
— Raw Story (@RawStory) November 15, 2022
He was an Army officer during the Cold War, and he later became a US congressman from Kansas. As the CIA director under Trump, Pompeo was one of the most prominent officials in the Trump administration.
In early voting states, where he has been making frequent visits, his political action committee has started running advertisements. These signs indicate that he's considering a White House run.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin
During the summer and autumn, Youngkin was campaigning for Republican candidates. He also helped fellow Republicans win in the mid-term elections.
Could Glenn Youngkin beat Joe Biden in 2024?
— New York Republican 🇺🇸 (@RedNYPolitics) November 11, 2022
One year ago, Youngkin was able to energize Republicans across the country after he defeated Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic governor. He was the first candidate from the business wing of the party to win a major political race in Virginia in a dozen years.
Nikki Haley, was a two-term governor in South Caroloina and served as the ambassador to the UN during the first half of the Trump administration, was also active in the early voting states in 2022.
A hidden winner in the midterms: @NikkiHaley. If Trump and DeSantis divide the primary electorate, there will need to be an alternative. After last night, a female candidate might be best. She has her problems with the GOP base, but then so does the base itself. 2024 is wide open
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) November 9, 2022
Like Pompeo and Pence, she also refused to rule out a potential White House run. However, she stated that she was not planning on starting a campaign at this time. She noted that she had not lost a race and that if there was a place for her in the race, she would put up a 100% effort.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
As the governor of a blue state, Larry Hogan has been making frequent visits to early voting states.
During an interview with Fox News in September, Hogan, who is a vocal critic of Trump, said that there were 10 people who wanted to align with Trump but he noted that there was a "different lane" for someone like him.
'Three strikes, you're out' — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, one of the GOP's best known moderate voices, says he does not want to see Donald Trump run for president in 2024 after a disappointing Republican midterms pic.twitter.com/y9KpI5s6Rj
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 14, 2022
Other 2024 GOP Possibilities
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who was re-elected last week, is a popular figure among Trump supporters and conservatives. If Trump bows out, she could be a potential candidate.
Senator Rick Scott, who is a multi-million dollar businessman, has repeatedly stated that he would like to be re-elected in 2024. However, pundits believe that he might be a potential candidate for the White House.
Unlike the other potential candidates, Chris Christie, who is a popular figure among Republicans, has not ruled out a potential White House run. He has been very open about his possible political actions.
After dropping out of the presidential race in 2016, Christie became one of the first of Trump's rivals to endorse him. However, following the attack on the US Capitol in January 2021, he became a vocal critic of the former president.