GOP 2024 presidential candidates: the latest moves
Former Governor of Maryland is openly considering a run in 2024 after eight years as the moderate GOP leader of a blue state, Maryland. He left office in January.
Hogan has long been at odds with Trump and has criticized his backed candidates in the midterm elections. He said he sees new space for critics of the ex-president in the GOP. His team recently created a federal political action committee. But many Republicans see a difficult road ahead for candidates like Hogan given the desire of many GOP primary voters for someone further to the right.
hutchinson, Having spent eight years as Arkansas governor and having just left office, he has made his way to Iowa to signal his ambitions for 2024, telling NBC News in late January that he is “absolutely” considering running for president. He urged Republicans to look past Trump well before the midterms, which reinforced the GOP’s doubts, and said in January that the ex-president’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the US Capitol set him up for another tenure “disqualified”.
Hutchinson and other lesser-known candidates work to raise their profile and raise funds for a grueling campaign. Hutchinson has spoken to donors and assessed his ability to raise money for what he sees as “endurance racing.”
Her team is already monitoring potential rivals nationally, with an adviser contrasting her with DeSantis late last year and a spokesman openly criticizing the Florida governor’s record on abortion. But it’s not clear that Noem will take the plunge, and she recently to CBS News that she is “not convinced” that she needs to run for president, but that she also believes “this country needs someone to lead us and have a vision.”
The governor of New Hampshire — a key early primary state — won his fourth term in November by a 15-point margin and has signaled interest in running for president. Sununu, a vocal critic of Trump, called the former president “fucking crazy” at last year’s Gridiron Club dinner. (But even as Sununu has distanced himself from Trump, he has endorsed a Senate nominee who helped spread Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.)
Sununu made it clear in a recent interview with Fox News that he’s aiming for a run but is in no rush to make up his mind. “A lot of people come to me. A lot of people want me to run. It’s definitely conversations we’re having.” He said there was “no timeline for decisions.”
youngkins, The Virginia governor, who flipped the office in 2021, has repeatedly said he is “humbled” by speculation that he could run for president without committing to anything. The former executive of a private equity firm recently made headlines for turning down the possibility of opening a Ford electric battery plant in his state; Youngkin cited concerns about the automaker’s cooperation with China, but some critics viewed his objections as political positioning for a possible 2024 GOP primary.
Youngkin is also pushing for more tax cuts for individuals and businesses in Virginia, but faces opposition from Democrats, who control the state Senate.