We are only a few days away from midterm elections, but Republicans are already looking ahead two years: To the next presidential election when they’ll have the opportunity to retake the White House from Joe Biden.

So far, there has been only one. Donald Trump Nearly a dozen other candidates have made their candidacy official. Republicans They are expected to reveal their plans over the next weeks and months. Last weekend, the primary season officially began. Republican Jewish Coalition leadership conventionThe showcase for those who are still grappling with unconfirmed weight challenges. Trump Vote for the GOP nomination.

A slew if helpful tools can be found to help you clear the field. Republicans People who once supported the former president are now sharpening your pitches Against himIt was unimaginable just weeks ago. TrumpIn the midterms, all -backed candidates were completely wiped out. The Democrats’ better-than-expected results were seen as a rejection by the hard-line MAGA movement, and an opportunity to elect a new GOP standard bearer.

Too many candidates could backfire. Republicans Simulating the action repeat of the 2016 primary A large GOP field splits the vote and hands it Trump The nomination.

The presidential election is just 713 days away.Here are the Republicans Most likely to bring down the Republican “shadow primary” Out into the open:

This man is running again to be president.

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Donald Trump: Actually Running

There’s no uncertainty here since Trump Officially made his third White House run last week. Substitute Trump Tower’s golden escalator for a banquet hall at his Florida estate, and it was practically 2015 all over again: the same rhetoric, minus some of the energy. According to polls, Tower was a leader who lost the party control of both the White House and the Senate. Trump remains stubbornly well-liked There are many Republicans.

The 45th president didn’t present a fresh vision for what he might accomplish in a non-consecutive second term beyond calling for drug dealers to receive the death penalty. “Our country is a laughingstock right now,” TrumpTwo impeachments were made against him and he used conspiracy theories to justify his election loss. “The blood-soaked streets of our once great cities are cesspools of violent crime.”

Instead of scaring potential opponents away, Trump’s announcement gives them space to define themselves against his less popular qualities and midterm election losses. Also, being the first to leave the gate gives you an advantage Trump’s candidacy more time to fizzle out over the course of a very long campaign season.

This man might as well be running.
This man could just as easily be running.

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Ron DeSantis: The Basically Running

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor. However, he did make a strong hint about his plans to eager masses, party elites, and reporters at the Las Vegas Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), the first major 2024 cattle call. “We’ve got a lot more to do, and I have only begun to fight,” DeSantis said during his keynote address.

DeSantis, who was reelected by nearly 20 percent, has all he needs to be a contender Trump: A deep network of donors, allies within the right-leaning press and a sterling reputation for being a conservative culture warrior. He’s basically Trump The baggage is not necessary

DeSantis is, for some, the most popular Trump Alternative, also Trump minus the charisma — the quality that endeared Trump His supporters, despite all his hair-raising tweets & attempts at overthrowing an open and free election.

This man would like to run, it seems.
This man would like it to be able to run.

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Mike Pence: Sure Looks Like He’ll Run

More than his words in recent months, the former vice president’s actions speak volumes about his presidential ambitions and how he might position himself against his one-time ally. Pence also visited important primary states and published a strategically timed memoir. midterm proxy war Against Trump His GOP primary endorsements endorsed candidates who were traditionally counterweights to Trump’s far-right MAGA slate.

While promoting his book, Pence suggested that he might be interested in a bid for the presidency in 2024. “So Help Me God,” He describes how he fell out with his girlfriend Trump over the election while also embracing the administration’s record in the four years preceding Jan. 6, 2021, when a violent mob that threatened to hang Pence Stormed the Capitol.

“I think the American people are looking for leadership that can unite our country, around our most timeless values and ideals, and demonstrate the kind of civility and respect that Americans show one another every day,” Pence said during a recent CNN town hall.

The central flaw in Pence’s argument: uniting around the principles of “civility and respect” It might not be possible to start a business. Trump Base that views Pence as a traitor because he certified 2020 election for Biden.

This woman is positioning herself for a run.
This woman is ready for a run.

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Ex-Trump Administration Officials: The Long Game

Former U.N. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and former Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo were also veterans of the Trump Administration long believed to be pursuing White House ambitions.

Haley confirmed at the RJC event that she’s “seriously considering” Running and suggesting that an announcement might be imminent. “A lot of people have asked if I’m going to run for president. Now that the midterms are over, I’ll look at it in a serious way, and I’ll have more to say soon,” said Haley, who previously said she wouldn’t seek to run against Trump.

Pompeo, a long-serving politician, also attended the event. Trump cabinet member, made headlines for a veiled swipe at Trump: “We were told we’d get tired of winning. But I’m tired of losing.”

Pompeo may also be copying Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, another 2024 candidate rumored, is also tapping into anger over parental right. He recently cited Randi Weingarten, president of the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union, as the “most dangerous person in the world.”

This man said he was running in a book — and later walked it back.
This man said he was running in a book — and later walked it back.

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Tim Scott: Said He Was Running In His Book

South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott inadvertently spilled his plans In his memoir, he vowed to run for higher office. “America: A Redemption Story.” Scott claimed it was a publishing error, but denied that he was. “preparing for [a] presidential bid.” But Scott’s memoir, timed with trips to Iowa where he has offered a bipartisan vision for the nation as its only Black Republican senator, hint that he’s giving it real thought.

This woman said she'll do whatever it takes — including maybe running for president — to stop Donald Trump.
This woman said she’ll do whatever it takes — including maybe running for president — to stop Donald Trump.

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Anti-Trump Republicans: Waiting And Watching

If there’s a lane for anti-Trump Republicans In 2024, it could be occupied possibly by Rep. Liz Cheney from Wyoming, who lost her primary to vote to charge Trump in one of his two historical impeachments. Since then, Cheney has vowed to do “whatever it takes” Stop Trump She was prevented from ever again coming within reach of the White House. She even crossed party boundaries to endorse candidates for the midterm elections against Trump-backed election deniers.

Maryland Gov. Term-limited Larry Hogan, another TrumpA resolute Republican is expanding his national profile. Hogan was recently blamed Trump For blowing the midtermsParticularly in Maryland, his state, where he resides, he is a popular figure. Republicans lost the governor’s mansion in a rout after nominating a “QAnon whack-job.

New Hampshire’s Chris Sununu is one of the few Republicans Who can resist calling? Trump “fucking crazy,” and for that, Sununu — a popular three-term governor who passed on a Senate bid this year — also has presidential buzz. Sununu has not been clear about his ambitions. saying he’s “not ruling anything out” while remaining committed his home state.

This man wants your vote 😬.
This man wants your vote 😬.

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2016 Hopefuls – Back Again

The parallels between 2016 and 2024 don’t begin and end with Trump. Numerous Republicans A candidate who ran six-years ago, like Pence, might return to primary stage. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a candidate who ran alongside many others (losing). Republicans Former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, will be participating in the midterm elections. Chris Christie. Cruz beat Chris Christie to win the 2016 Iowa caucuses. Trump The eventual GOP nominee was beaten by Christie in Super Tuesday contests. Christie was less successful than he appeared to be, with bombings in New Hampshire (Iowa) and New Hampshire.

Christie was the harshest of all. Trump The following are some of the Republicans Participating in the RJC campaign: “In my view, he’s now a loser. He’s an electoral loser,” Christie said. “You look at a general electorate, I don’t think there’s a Democrat he can beat because he’s now toxic to suburban voters on a personal level, and he’s earned it.”