Trump Remains Top Republican Bet for Next Presidential Nomination

Former President Donald Trump begins the new year in exactly the same political position from which he ended the previous year, as the most influential and popular politician in the GOP.

Trump is still the clear front-runner with just more than 10 months left before the start gun in the next race to the White House. In fact, a most recent national survey that was conducted in December, reveals that 54 percent of Republicans would support the former president in 2024.

Florida Governor and former Vice President Mike Pence are two other possible contenders. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence were distant third and fourth with 11% and 8.8% support.

“I am certainly thinking about it. I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision,” the former president said in an interview.

Another barometer for 2024 is the fundraising, where Trump was a colossal force last year.

Trump’s three major political fundraising committees earned a total of $82 million in the first six months of 2021. They also had more than $100 million cash at the end of July. This was the latest filing period for these groups. Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen fuel much of the fundraising.

Trump’s impressive fundraising, strong poll position, enormous clout over the party and repeated flirtations have not discouraged other potential GOP White House hopefuls to visit the states that kickoff the presidential primary or caucus calendar.

Fox News reported that nine potential Republican presidential candidates made 15 trips to Iowa last year, the state which has been the starting point of the nomination process for over 50 years. This is similar to the 11 visits made by potential candidates in 2013 at the same point in the open GOP nomination race for 2016.

According to Fox News, eight potential candidates visited New Hampshire in 2021, which is close to the 11 visits made by seven candidates in 2013. This was in addition to the seven visits that were made in 2013 to the state, which has for over 100 years held the first presidential primary on the nominating calendar.

“Everybody understands that the president is very seriously looking at 2024. I think the majority of candidates would be deferential to Trump if he decides to run in 2024, but what they don’t want to do is find themselves in a situation that if Trump decides he’s not running, then they’ve wasted a lot of time,” longtime Republican consultant John Brabender told Fox News.

Thursday marks one-year since the U.S. Capitol insurrection, which was carried out by right-wing extremists.

Two weeks ago, Trump announced that he would host a news conference at South Florida Resort and Residence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill riot.

Trump reiterated his unverified claims in announcing his news conference. He described his electoral loss as the result of the rigged Presidential Election of 2020 again and said that the insurrection occurred on the 3rd of November.

Many legal challenges brought by Trump and his allies in the states where Biden narrowly defeated Trump were dismissed within weeks of the 2020 election. William Barr, then-Attorney General, stated that the Justice Department hadn’t seen fraud of the scale that could turn the election.

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