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Trump may already be the 2024 GOP frontrunner, poll shows

Andrew Trunsky, DCNF

President Donald Trump is already Republicans’ preferred 2024 candidate, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

Trump received 53% support from self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, the poll shows, putting him well-ahead of other possible candidates, including Vice President Mike Pence, who received 12% support. Donald Trump Jr. received 8%, while Nikki Haley and Sens. Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Mitt Romney all received less than 5%.

If Trump were to win in 2024, he’d be only the second president in American history to win two non-consecutive terms, following former President Grover Cleveland who won in 1885 and 1893.

Despite Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden, he has refused to formally concede the race, and only yesterday allowed the General Services Administration (GSA) to begin the transition process. However, GSA head Emily Murphy said in her letter to the incoming Biden administration she decided to begin the process on her own.

If Trump decides to run in 2024, he could prove a daunting primary opponent once again. With the unwavering support of his base, Trump could not only crowd out other GOP hopefuls, but publicly criticize them, which has proved costly for Republican candidates in the past.

Despite the GOP’s continued support for Trump, 62% of voters nationwide support how Biden has handled the transition so far, according to the poll. Fifty-seven percent of Americans also view Biden favorably, compared to only 43% who said the same for Trump.

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