Four years removed from the 2024 Presidential election, new polling has revealed that Mike Pence holds a strong lead in a potential GOP primary for the nomination.
Donald Trump Jr. also takes a strong second place in the Survey Monkey poll.
Pence took a strong first place of 40% in the extremely early poll which surveyed 1,854 Republican voters nationwide last month. Trump Jr. had 29%, with Nikki Haley taking third place with 26% and Ivanka Trump in fourth with 16%.
While other prospective candidates such as Haley and Ivanka Trump poll somewhat strongly on the basis of their Trump administration connections, their policy alignment with President Trump himself is dubious. In a prospective 2024 primary, they’d face tough questions from GOP voters in regards to their support of neocon wars and progressive domestic policies.
Quite obviously, it’s way too early to take polling about the 2024 election too seriously. There’s an entire presidential election and term that’s yet to occur before the nation selects another President.
In the event President Trump secures his second term, he’ll likely begin to consider how best to cement his legacy. It’s hard to imagine any father not vocally backing his own son’s presidential campaign, but it’s entirely unclear if Donald Trump Jr. plans on running for President. Pence’s speculative campaign is also an uncertain possibility, although it’s somewhat more plausible that the sitting Vice President will run to succeed Trump.
When asked about a hypothetical Pence campaign in 2024 last year, President Trump spoke in glowing terms of his Vice President without giving a full endorsement.
Notably, Tucker Carlson wasn’t included in the poll. The primetime Fox News host has been mentioned in early talk about the far-off election, and it’s possible a poll that included him as an option would be significantly different. Commentators on the left have openly admitted he’d be an intimidating candidate.
Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement
Will Mitch retire?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.
Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.
McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.
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