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Former President Donald Trump begins the new year in the same political position as he ended the old year – as the most popular and influential politician in the GOP.
With just over 10 months to go before the start of the next White House race, Trump remains the overwhelming frontrunner in the run-up to the 2024 Republican presidential candidate.
The latest figures in public opinion come from one Reuters / Ipsos national poll conducted in mid-December and published a few days ago. 54 percent of Republicans surveyed in the survey said they would support the former president as their party’s flag bearer by 2024.
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Two other potential candidates – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence – were a distant second and third with 11% and 8% support.
Trump spent 2021 flirting repeatedly with another race in the White House.
“I’m definitely thinking about it,” he told Fox News in an interview in November.
“I think a lot of people will honestly be very happy with the decision,” the former president added, suggesting such a decision would be announced after the 2022 midterm elections.
The Reuters / Ipsos survey is in line with other public opinion polls of the 2024 GOP nomination race. An average of all recent national polls puts Trump at 52% support, light years ahead of the rest of the other possible Republican White House hopes.
But it should be noted: The support for the nomination Trump receives in these public opinion polls is just over 20-30 points lower than his overall position among GOP voters. Trump’s positive rating among Republicans in the Reuters / Ipsos poll was 82%.
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Another barometer in early 2024 is fundraising – where Trump was a giant in 2021.
The former president’s three main political fundraising committees reported that they had raised a total of $ 82 million during the first six months of 2021, with over $ 100 million in cash at the end of July, which was the most recent application period for the groups. Trump’s baseless allegations that the 2020 presidential election was “scammed” and “stolen” as fuel for much of the fundraising.
One thing Trump’s fundraising, impressive polls, huge influence on his party and repeated flirtations have not done is to deter other potentially hopeful GOP White House from visiting the states that start the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
As Fox News recently reported, last year there were 15 trips to Iowa – the state that started the nomination calendar for half a century – of nine potential Republican presidential candidates. It is not far from the 17 visits of 11 possible candidates in 2013 at the same early stage in the far-reaching GOP nomination race in the 2016 cycle.
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And according to a Fox News census, there were also eight visits to New Hampshire in 2021 by six potential candidates, close to the 11 visits of seven possible candidates in 2013 to the state, which for a century has held the first presidential election in the nomination. calendar.
“Everyone understands that the president is taking 2024 very seriously,” longtime Republican consultant John Brabender, a veteran of several GOP presidential campaigns, recently told Fox News. “I think the majority of candidates would be reverent towards Trump if he decides to run in 2024, but what they do not want to do is find themselves in a situation where if Trump decides , that he does not show up, then they have wasted a lot of time. “
Anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol
Thursday marks a year since the deadly storm of the U.S. capital by right-wing extremists and other supporters of Trump, which was intended to disrupt congressional certification of now President Biden’s election college victory over Trump in the 2020 election.
Trump announced two weeks ago that he would hold a press conference at his South Florida resort and residence on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack.
“I will be holding a press conference on January 6 in Mar-a-Lago,” he said in a statement issued by Save America, one of his political committees.
In announcing his press conference, Trump reiterated his unfounded allegations, once again describing his election defeat as “the fake presidential election of 2020” and that “the uprising took place on November 3.”
In the weeks following the 2020 election, dozens of legal challenges from the then president and his allies were shot down in the half-dozen states where Biden was narrowly at odds with Trump to secure a convincing election college victory. And then-Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had not seen fraud of the magnitude that could reverse the election.
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The attack on the Capitol on January 6 came shortly after the president called on a large crowd of supporters, whom he addressed at a meeting near the White House, to march to the Capitol and show strength in protest of congressional confirmation. of the election. Five people – four protesters and a police officer from the Capitol – died in or after the riot.
In the wake of the attack, Trump was sued by the House of Representatives to encourage the riots. Ten House Republicans joined the majority Democrats in voting to put the then president before a federal court.
Trump, who refused to concede his election defeat, became the first president in a century and a half to skip the inauguration of his successor.
A few weeks later, he was acquitted in his Senate trial. Seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump, 10 votes left for the two-thirds majority required by the Constitution.
Trump went to Arizona
The former president will hold his first campaign-style rally in 2022 in the main battlefield state of Arizona.
Trump announced Thursday that his event will be held in Florence, Arizona, located about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix. The rally will be the first held by Trump since his big demonstration in Iowa in early October.
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Biden beat Trump by a narrow margin in Arizona and became the first Democrat in nearly a quarter of a century to carry the state in a presidential election.
Last year, a Trump-driven and GOP-driven partisan poll of votes was conducted in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county. The results of the review showed that Trump received a few hundred fewer votes than the results of the certified election.