The ex-president Donald Trump is considering announcing a third White House bid this month and is calling his confidants to discuss possible scenarios, seeking to benefit from what are expected to be Republican victories in next Tuesday’s legislative elections, according to three advisers to the tycoon.
“I think, like a moth to the light, Trump will run in 2024,” an adviser revealed to the agency. Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I think him wanting to come forward and announce it before Thanksgiving gives him a huge advantage over his opponents and he understands that.”
An announcement in the coming weeks could also knock potential rivals within his GOP off the ballot, aides explained, though they added that it’s possible the former president could delay the decision or change his mind.
A representative for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.
A source familiar with Trump’s plans said he intends to announce his campaign soon after Tuesday’s election and has been canvassing potential aides to join the effort. The source was contacted by the campaign to gauge his interest.
Nonpartisan election forecasts and polls say Republicans are very likely to win a majority in the House of Representatives and that they are also likely to control the Senate, which would give them the power to block President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda for the next two years.
Democrats’ election hopes have taken a hit due to voter concerns about inflation, and Biden’s low public approval rating, which has hovered below 50% for more than a year, hovering at 40%. In a recent survey of Reuters/Ipsos.
But after a contentious four-year term, which ended with his supporters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump also remains unpopular. The same poll at the end of last month showed that only 41% of Americans welcome him.
Thanksgiving is Nov. 24, giving Trump a two-week window after the election to make his announcement if he feels like it.
Trump is keeping a close eye on the Florida governor, Ron DeSantiswho is expected to win his re-election race on Tuesday against Democrat Charlie Christ. The Governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkinand his former vice president mike pence They are also considered as possible rivals in your party.
DeSantis has the support of 54% of Floridian voters compared to 41% of Charlie Crist, according to the survey by the firm Victory Insights, carried out from October 30 to November 1, echoed by the media FloridaPolitcs.
The survey also asked Republicans who they would vote for in the event that DeSantis competes with Trump, who was his political godfather, in a Republican primary to elect the party’s presidential candidate in 2024. The result was practically a tie between the two, although with a slight tilt in favor of Trump (50.46% vs. 49.6%).
This Sunday, Trump will be the special guest of Senator Marco Rubio at a campaign event in Miami, a city that has traditionally been a Democratic stronghold but may lose that status and pass to the Republicans in this election, according to some polls.
With information from Reuters and EFE