In politics, the importance of timing cannot be ignored or downplayed, at least if you’re looking to keep your job.
This is why the speculation regarding Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential run wasn’t at all about if the former President would be heading back out on the campaign trail, but rather when he might announce his intentions to run.
And so too is this true about any of the would-be challengers that Trump might face from within the Republican Party, who’ve thus far remained unwilling to commit to their own aspirations. Meanwhile, Trump is hitting the bricks, getting a head-start on the potential field...and then some.
Former President Donald Trump holds a whopping 35-point lead over the rest of the potential 2024 Republican primary field, according to a poll.
The Premise Data poll conducted between January 19-23 found that 59 percent of U.S. adult participants who view themselves as Republicans back Trump in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, more than doubling the support of his nearest competitor, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), at 24 percent.
Any other possible candidates barely registered with voters.
No other potential candidate reached double-digit support. Former Vice President Mike Pence landed in third place at eight percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley with two percent of the response each. One percent of poll participants back Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).
While Trump’s early announcement could completely freeze several candidates out of the race altogether, those who still plan to challenge the former President won’t be able to afford to let him run free and alone much longer.