Even before the certification of the 2020 election is complete, buzz about the 2024 election is already building.
As many expected, President Trump has already taken the lead as a favorite potential candidate for the GOP ticket. A staggering 71 percent of Republicans want Trump to run again in 2024, a recent Fox News poll found.
Though Republicans have more than three years to coalesce around a presidential candidate, the Republican National Committee is holding its annual winter meeting, an important event for 2024 hopefuls to rub shoulders with activists and fundraisers.
President Trump is scheduled to attend the gathering, and according to reports, Trump has already expressed a desire to launch a presidential campaign for 2024 — though he has not yet conceded the 2020 election to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Though Trump is the clear favorite when it comes to 2024 speculation, other potential early contenders include Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) Ted Cruz (R-TX) Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL), and Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
“The RNC members represent the grassroots across the country, and so it’s an important place for potential ’24 candidates to come and talk about their vision for the country,” explained, Mississippi’s Henry Barbour, a longtime national party committee member.
Regardless 0f the outcome of the impending January 6th election certification vote, President Trump has made it clear that he’s not done with his work in Washington — issuing endorsements in upcoming Senate and gubernatorial races and setting up a leadership PAC in the aftermath of the November election designed to help him to continue exerting his influence in the Republican party.