While the 2024 election is still a long way off, President Trump is already beginning to gain momentum as five Republican Senators have now come out in support of his bid.
The most recent endorsement came from Senator Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, joining fellow GOP Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Eric Schmitt of Missouri, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, and J.D. Vance of Ohio. This makes three freshman senators who are publicly backing the former president’s next run at the White House.
Endorsements from U.S. senators are exceptionally strong indicators of how well a candidate may perform in a particular state. As such, President Trump is building an impressive list of supporters within a party that some thought would turn their backs on him once he left office. This could be especially important for Trump in states like South Carolina where Graham’s endorsement will carry considerable weight among the Republican electorate there.
President Trump’s approval rating has been steadily rising since he left office with Republicans remaining overwhelmingly supportive despite his loss in 2020 and some missteps during his last year in office. Recent polling suggests that more than 70% of Republicans view him favorably and nearly half want him to be the party’s nominee for president in 2024. These endorsements will certainly help to build on that momentum and provide further evidence that President Trump is still an incredibly popular figure within his own party even after leaving office.
The early endorsements for President Trump's potential 2024 candidacy show just how popular he remains within the Republican Party and suggest that he could be a serious contender if he chooses to run again next year.
While it may be too early to make any definitive predictions about who will ultimately become the Republican nominee, it appears as though President Trump has already started to lay the groundwork for another successful campaign should he decide to launch one in 2023. Time will tell if these early endorsements will pay off but they certainly seem to indicate that there is still a large base of support behind the former president within his own party regardless of what happens between now and then.