Top 10 People Who Should Run for the 2024 Republican Nomination

Looks like there will be a large number of Republicans in the running for the 2024 Republican nomination, but the real question: will any of them be able to defeat Donald Trump?
The Top Ten
1 Ron DeSantis Ron DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is an American politician and a former military officer who served as the 46th governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis also once represented Florida's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013–2018. He is a member of the Republican... read more

If there were an award in US politics for most improved or fastest riser, Ron DeSantis would win it. He soared in popularity after his mostly hands-off response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has dominated the conservative news cycle ever since with his legislation against CRT, wokeism, and trans athletes. He is bright, young, and a mostly controversy-free version of Trump.

If Trump didn't run, DeSantis would easily win the nomination. However, with a Trump 2024 run looking almost certain, there could be a real battle if DeSantis decides to put his name in the hat. He's already won a few polls against the Don himself.

2 Mike Pence Michael Richard Pence is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 48th and current Vice President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. He previously held the position of Governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017.

Ever since Joe Biden was declared President, Mike Pence has remained a genuine option for the 2024 nomination. Pence has overwhelming support among the Christian right and social conservatives, and his support extends to some pro-Trump populists, since he was literally second in command to Trump.

However, his support collapsed during the Capitol Riots among the large cohort of Trump cultists who dominate the Republican Party, and it hasn't really grown back since.

3 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J. Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968... read more

Must get him in. Drain the swamp, maga, stop the wars, fix the border and mass deportation of illegals, it’s absolutely imperative that the Dumpster gets back into the Oval Office. The western world is vulnerable and if America is lost the western world values will be lost.

The obvious favorite. Trump has hinted several times in interviews that he'll run in 2024 and has "already made up his mind." He is apparently considering announcing a run as early as the midterms.

The problem, however, is that he has many more haters than in 2020, particularly after the election fraud claims and the January 6 riot. He is now as old as Biden was when he decided to run a few years back. While he might have the majority of support among Republicans, he doesn't have the majority of support among Americans.

Biden's below-par performance makes it seem like Trump v. Biden 2.0 could be a somewhat tight battle.

4 Ted Cruz Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is an American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States Senator from Texas since 2013. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

He came ever so close in 2016 to winning the Republican nomination, and Ted has stayed in the spotlight ever since. Could he be mounting another run?

5 Nikki Haley

She has publicly touted running for President in 2024 and has been quite visible in the media lately, attacking Joe Biden. The question is, how much support among Republicans would she really get?

6 Marco Rubio Marco Antonio Rubio is an American politician and attorney, and the junior United States Senator from Florida.

He has publicly declared that he wouldn't run against Trump. However, he does have the support of many key groups, including his battleground home state, and may consider running for the job once again.

7 Chris Christie Christopher James "Chris" Christie is an American attorney, politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey. His term ended on January 23, 2018.

Rumors have emerged that Christie is prepping for a 2024 run. More specifically, he is trying to emerge as the main anti-Trump candidate in the race. He might have trouble gaining much support in the party, though.

8 Ben Shapiro Benjamin Aaron Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, writer and lawyer. He has written seven books, the first being 2004's Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth, which he started writing when he was 17 years old.

People like him are needed to whip the country back into shape. His ideas are fantastic, and when the party needs a leader, he could rise up.

Let's say, hypothetically, for the sake of the argument, Shapiro does run. He might win.

He's still pretty young, but definitely will be president at some point in the future.

9 Kristi Noem

She is a strong, effective, and very experienced and capable woman for certain.

10 Tim Scott

Like Rubio, he says he wouldn't run against Trump. Though he is a young and fresh face in the Republican Party, willing to work with the other side, and may gain the votes they need to win.

He is the person that the Republicans should be looking to, but unless he has a miraculous rise like DeSantis did, he won't win the nomination.

The Newcomers

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? Dan Schneider Dan Schneider is an American actor, television and film writer, and producer. After appearing in mostly supporting roles in a number of 1980s and 1990s films and TV shows, Schneider devoted himself to behind-the-scenes work in production.
The Contenders
11 Greg Abbott
12 Rand Paul Randal Howard "Rand" Paul is an American politician and physician. Since 2011, Paul has served in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party representing Kentucky.
13 Donald Trump Jr.

Trump lovers adore him, and if you haven't noticed, he's got an enormous following on social media. He is a very popular figure in the Republican Party, but will probably leave the job up to his dad for now.

14 John Kasich John Richard Kasich is an American politician who served as the 69th Governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019.
15 Jeb Bush John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is an American businessman and politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.

His brother and father are perhaps the most underrated presidents, and I would like to see him try again.

16 Mitt Romney Willard Mitt Romney is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

We need him back. His morals and his non-extremist views are essential. His plans for the economy will do wonders. I don't think he could make it past Ron, but I would vote for him in a second.

17 Condoleezza Rice

She would be an awesome choice, but she has said she does not want to get involved with politics again.

18 Mia Love
19 Joe Rogan Joseph James "Joe" Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American podcaster who hosts The Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast in which he discusses current events, comedy, politics, philosophy, science, and hobbies with a variety of guests.
20 Olympia Snowe
21 Phil Robertson
22 Alex Jones Alexander Emric Jones is an American radio show host and conspiracy theorist. He hosts The Alex Jones Show from Austin, Texas, which airs on the Genesis Communications Network across the United States and online.
23 Ben Carson Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr. is a retired American neurosurgeon and former candidate for President of the United States.

An outstanding man who would be an tremendous asset.

24 Liz Cheney
25 Michael Steele
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