(DailyVantage.com) – Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia weighed in on the GOP 2024 presidential primary race the way a politician would, saying that he is “certainly not running for president… but there are always doors open in politics, depending on how things play out.”
Detailing that there is a long way to go in the race, Kemp said he didn’t assume former President Donald Trump would necessarily win the nomination, adding that the campaign of Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is “doing a lot of really good things… And they’re in it for the long haul.”
However, Kemp did acknowledge that DeSantis’ campaign is stagnant right now but that it was Trump’s race to lose. Kemp warned against focusing too heavily on the aftermath of the 2020 election, saying that would hinder Republicans going into the general election.
Despite this, election integrity remains a top issue for the conservative base. A recent straw poll, conducted for Turning Point USA by Trafalgar, showed that voting integrity fell within the top three issues at 13.3%. However, Republicans will have to appeal to a general election voter audience and not just to their base in the 2024 race.
While DeSantis’ campaign has stagnated, some Republicans have turned to alternatives such as Kemp or Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia. But if the field of candidates were to grow, that would likely be due to the legal problems Donald Trump is facing. The Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to indict him on issues relating to the aftermath of the 2020 election. Critics of Trump believe that this represents legal accountability for his actions, while supporters view this as a politicized move by President Biden against his most likely and competitively viable opponent.
Despite this, Trump remains well ahead of his field of Republican primary opponents, maintaining about a 30-point advantage in the aggregate of polling from FiveThirtyEight. As the political drama ramps up ahead of another presidential election, it will be interesting to see if Republicans can successfully mobilize to retake the White House.
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