Will Republicans retake the White House in 2024?

Now that we are months into the Biden Administration, Republicans are looking to the future and setting their sights on victories in 2022 and 2024 (https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/548793-parade-of-2024-gop-hopefuls-court-house-conservatives). While Republicans lost the White House and their slim majority in the Senate during the 2020 election, there was a glimmer of hope as they were able to regain seats in the House. Now they need to determine who will lead the charge if they want to reclaim the success of 2016.

One major determination that still needs to be made is whether former President Trump will be their primary candidate moving forward. This year’s CPAC showed us that Republicans are still committed to him despite the second impeachment trial and any other controversy stemming from the end of his presidency. That being said, Trump would be nearing 80 years old by the time of the election. Some have pushed to have Donald Trump Jr. or Ivanka Trump run with his support, using name recognition to their advantage. Others have said that Trump should use his influence to support another candidate to serve as his successor within the party.

If this is the case, then any potential candidates will need to gain favor with the Republican Study Committee, the largest Republican Caucus on Capitol Hill. Rep. Chairman Jim Banks (IN) said, “We’re a policy group, so as we develop an agenda, we’ve become very attractive to leading Republican voices and 2024 hopefuls who want to come and be a part of it.” Many aspiring candidates have recently met with the committee (or plan to in the near future). Included in this list are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL). Some have made a point to distance themselves from former President Trump, while others are trying to embrace his past successes.

Will the Republican Party find unity and success with Trump running again or is it time to move on? Have they done enough to regain control during the midterm elections or has President Joe Biden done enough already to maintain steady control for the near future?

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