GOP Members Reportedly Pass on White House Bids as Trump Pursues Presidency

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( – The 2024 Republican presidential primary is open for next year. However, with former President Donald Trump having already launched his presidential campaign for 2024, many ambitious Senate members are choosing to pass on the opportunity to place a bid on the White House, according to a report from NBC News.

Alex Conant, who worked for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida during his 2016 presidential campaign, has said that this campaign cycle is going to be quite different when compared to other campaign cycles since 2000. He added that previously, “it seemed half the Senate was campaigning for president.” Conant pointed out that in 2016, there were many senators who had joined the race for president, including Rubio, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). However, none of these previous candidates appear interested in running again.

NBC News reports that other lawmakers, including Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Josh Hawley (R-MS), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), were rumored to be interested in rising up the ranks. However, none of them have made a move for the White House yet this time around. Scott and Hawley in particular have both indicated that they are planning to stay in the Senate. Conant added that there are many different reasons Senators might not run. But he has also argued that 2024 will be a tough year, as candidates would be forced to run against both the current leader and a past leader. He added that this is not like 2016 when it was a “wide-open GOP race,” according to NBC News.

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