Here’s who could take Trump’s seat.
Trump remains the most dominant figure in the GOP, likely to announce his bid for a second term. But, given his unpredictability and the widely mixed results for his candidates in the primaries, whether or not his popularity will remain intact by the time 2024 rolls around is anyone’s guess. Furthermore, with the scrutiny of the Jan. 6 Select Committee’s public hearings showcasing his fixation on claiming a 2020 Presidential win at all costs, the lead Trump holds in Republican polls could shorten, leaving room for other 2024 GOP candidates. But if not Trump, then who?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Most Republican polls show DeSantis is Trump’s closest rival. The Florida Governor first gained appeal and popularity among conservatives during the pandemic when he refused to institute any notable restrictions, pushing back on mask and vaccine mandates.
DeSantis has also proved himself to be a prolific fundraiser, raising more than $100 million for his reelection bid by the Spring.
Former Vice President Mike Pence
Among a more traditional Republican crowd, Pence holds sway. His name has also had a reemergence in the spotlight because of the Jan. 6 Select Committee’s public hearing. This could be a problem for Pence if he chooses to announce a 2024 Presidential bid. Considering many still hold Trump in high esteem, the former veeps betrayal may mean he could never win over Trump supporters — a problem for any potential Presidential nominee.
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
Ted Cruz remains one of the most recognizable GOP lawmakers after coming in second to Trump in 2016’s Presidential nomination. Since then, his influence has steadily faded, but he still holds a small, resolute base within the GOP, something that could help him if Republicans choose to nominate someone who’s “next in line.”
But it’s not only these three gentlemen that have come up as potential 2024 Presidential nominees. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, Senator Tim Scott (S.C.), and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem could all feature as Trump contenders for the GOP Presidential nomination.