Will Trump have to run against a crowded Republican field in 2024?

Q: Who is running for the Republican nomination for president?

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Lots of future presidents—some laudable, some not—are making noises about challenging Donald Trump. Nothing will work. But for others, jumping into the water feels just fine.

While the media is almost unanimous in saying that Trump cannot win the general election, they are also awash in speculation about his running mate. Kari Lake, who lost her race for governor of Arizona, has moved to Mar-a-Lago and is widely touted as a potential ticket-mate. The former anchor is telegenic and on a Trump “rigged election” crusade, as any VP pick would have to be. (Lake has just released a video saying she is challenging her defeat by 20,000 votes, and firmly asserting that fraud was involved.)

Former President Donald Trump, left, and Florida GOP Gov.  Ron DeSantis, right.

Former President Donald Trump, left, and Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, right.
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One obvious effect of a multiple-candidate GOP field is that they will split the anti-Trump vote, giving the former president an easy win with a plurality. From the point of view of those who want to stop him, talking with Ron DeSantis face-to-face would be much better.

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But try telling that to a bunch of ambitious politicians who see their way to the Oval Office.

National Review (which is fundraising by wishing Trump’s demise) has a tough piece on the potential free-for-fall:

“Did you yearn for those debate nights when the field split into two groups of ten or more candidates making their case for the national leadership in 90 seconds or less? Well, here it is again. Every new entry lowers the bar for others.”

The biggest names who are not governors of Florida include Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence and Chris Christie. The first three were part of Trump’s administration and will have some splannin’ to do.

Pompeo hit back at his former boss, saying, “We were told we were tired of winning. But I’m tired of losing.” But as secretary of state he defended the idea that there would be a transition to a second Trump term.

Haley, who won acclaim as governor of South Carolina, would likely be a stronger candidate as the former ambassador to the United Nations, who left two years ago on Jan. 6. He sharply criticized Trump last year, but has appeared more hesitant recently.

Mike Pence, who called out Trump for risking his life in the Capitol riot, has a huge responsibility: The people who praised him on Jan. 6 can’t afford his four years of loyal service to the 45th president. Can do

Nikki Haley, the two-day former South Carolina governor who served as the US ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration, delivers a speech.

Nikki Haley, the two-day former South Carolina governor who served as the US ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration, delivers a speech.
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Despite being removed from the transition team, Christie continued to support Trump until January 6, telling the Republican Jewish Coalition that “we have to stop the whispering” and calling Trump by name.

“We keep losing and losing and losing. And the fact that we’re losing is because Donald Trump put himself out there.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is also weighing in on the race.

In a National Review piece, Michael Brendan Dougherty tossed in too many possible names: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Brian Kemp, Greg Abbott, Glenn Youngkin.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event to promote his new book at the Conservative Heritage Foundation think tank on October 19, 2022 in Washington, DC.  During his remarks, Pence talked about his "freedom agenda" and warned against "Pure populism."

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event to promote his new book at the Conservative Heritage Foundation think tank on October 19, 2022 in Washington, DC. During his remarks, Pence spoke about his “liberty agenda” and warned against “unbridled populism”.
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“No one wants this,” he writes. “Mike Pence’s candidacy is born hermaphroditic. Partly a clear break from Trump, but relentlessly touting the achievements of the ‘Trump-Pence’ administration. Hutchinson is running, but why? He wants 20 percent of Americans Who said in 2022 exit polls that gender ideology is going in a good direction in this country?…”

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“We already know there’s a lot of mediocrity in the Republican Party. Let’s not waste even more by turning the executive branch out into a pageant show.”

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But in politics the show must go on. Many of these people will either not run or make it to Iowa. But it doesn’t seem likely that Trump—who is still the frontrunner—will simply push for the nomination.

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