The Republicans Of 2024

November 8th, 2020 | TC

The Republican field for 2024 could be one of the most diverse and energizing group of people to date. The candidates for 2016 made up one of the biggest slates in history, but 2024 could be smaller and pack a harder punch. The GOP has a handful of rising stars that could pose a significant threat to Kamala... erm, I mean, Joe Biden's re-election bid in 2024. From the possible creation of a new family dynasty to the transition into greener pastures, the Republican candidates for 2024 are already shuffling their cards for the next big battle. 

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This slate could grow or shrink, but it offers an early and speculative look into the GOP's next primary contest. We can be sure to see some high profile GOP governors, representatives, celebrities and senators take a shot at the Republican ticket against Kamala Harris and her running mate... I mean, against Joe Biden. Darn!

Donald Trump is eligible to run again in 2024, but he will not be included here for the sake of letting these other candidates get a fair evaluation. 

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Dan Crenshaw

By 2024, Dan Crenshaw will no longer be a junior Congressman. He will have established himself as a seasoned lawmaker and firebrand for the Republican Party. With a distinctive eye patch and fluency in Spanish, Crenshaw offers a unique brand that could incorporate elements of Trumpism and new-school conservatism. A war veteran and trained SEAL with real battle scars, Crenshaw won re-election in 2020 against his Democratic opponent, Sima Ladjevarian, by a healthy 14% margin in Texas's 2nd congressional district.

Kristi Noem

She is the pro-Trump governor of South Dakota. Her career started in state politics when she was elected to the South Dakota state legislature in 2006. In 2011, Noem became the state's representative in South Dakota's at-large congressional district. In 2018, she was elected the state's first female governor and defeated her Democrat opponent 51-47%. Noem has made waves by abolishing South Dakota's concealed carry permit and signing bills that put restrictions on abortion. 

Nikki Haley

She was South Carolina's first female governor before she served in the Trump administration as the US ambassador to the United Nations. Sometimes disagreeing with her commander-in-chief, Haley made news and was often considered an early pick for the GOP's nomination in 2024 or 2028. She has a lengthy political career and has worked for her family business as well as in the private sector, and she sat on the board of directors for the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce. 

Ted Cruz

He finished second against Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primaries and came closer than any other candidate to winning the party's nomination. Many have speculated that the seasoned Texas senator will take another shot at the GOP nomination either in 2024 or 2028. A strong conservative, Cruz stood against many of Trump's policies during the GOP primaries, only to become one of the president's stronger allies in the senate. 

George P. Bush

A member of the Bush family dynasty, he is one of the few in the family to endorse president Donald Trump in 2020. He has a lengthy career in law and military and is the eldest son of Jeb Bush. He is fluent in Spanish and is of Mexican-Latino heritage from his mother's side. Bush currently serves as the Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office.

Mike Pence

As the vice president to Donald Trump, many have speculated he would seek the Republican nomination in 2028. With the Trump administration looking to end sooner than many had hoped, Pence is a strong contender and a favorite among conservatives and Evangelicals. He would likely be one of the heavyweights in the 2024 GOP contest if he were to make a run for the party's nomination. Before being selected as Trump's running mate, Pence served as the governor of Indiana. 

Ivanka Trump

With a lengthy business career and her father's brand, Ivanka is a strong contender in any future GOP primary contest. Her husband, Jared Kushner, has been considered one of Donald Trump's closest advisors and associates in the administration. A former Democrat, she may face an uphill battle in some states among Republican voters, but she would be considered one of the party's heavyweight contenders. 

Don Trump Jr.

The president's eldest son has been considered the first runner-up in any potential Trump family dynasty. As one of his father's strongest and most vocal supporters, Don Junior has been said to be considering an eventual run for office, either for senate or for the presidency. 

Candace Owens

She is a high profile conservative commentator and the founder of the Blexit movement, which seeks to move blacks away from the Democratic Party. Owens has publicly stated her possible intentions to run for president, but with the end of the Trump administration coming sooner than 2024, she may seek the highest office in the next GOP primary.

Greg Abbott

He is the governor of Texas and his final term in office ends in January 2023.  Struck by a falling tree in his early 20s, Abbott has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since. He is the first governor of Texas to be in a wheel chair and he has been a vocal supporter of the Trump administration. Abbott served on the Texas Supreme Court from 1995 to 2001 and has been strong on 2nd Amendment rights and border security. He would be considered a heavyweight in the GOP primary contest.

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