With two years to go until the presidential election, focus is quickly shifting to who plans to run in 2024.
Although he has made no official announcement, Trump has been heavily teasing a return to the presidential campaign trail.
Aides to the former president are reportedly making quiet preparations for a 2024 presidential campaign that could be launched soon after the midterm elections as Trump tries to capitalize on expected Republican wins to propel himself toward the front of the GOP pack.
On the day before the midterms, Trump said he’ll be making a “very big announcement” on Nov. 15.
Former President Donald Trump reacts to a supporter during a rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Trump faces big challenges if he wants to make a serious attempt at a return to the White House. He has spent the last two years spreading lies about the legitimacy of the 2020 election and remains a deeply polarizing figure.
While the former president remains overwhelmingly popular among Republicans, an October AP-NORC poll found 43% said they don’t want to see him run for president in 2024.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is currently running for reelection for governor, is widely seen as the most formidable potential Republican challenger to Trump. But it’s not clear whether he will run if the former president decides to launch his campaign first.
At a recent gubernatorial debate in Florida, he dodged the question when asked whether he planned to run for president in 2024.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney,who lost her Republican primary this summer, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem have all been floated as potential 2024 GOP candidates.