Ted Cruz has spoken, Donald Trump just may have to fight through the Texas Republican yet again if he wants the nomination in 2024.
Cruz recently admitted he has “absolutely” been considering a 2024 run.
“You know, I ran in 2016. It was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. We had a very crowded field. We had 17 candidates in the race — a very strong field. And I ended up placing second.”
Cruz then addressed what finishing second means for the next cycle: There’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee, and that’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan or McCain or Romney that has played out repeatedly. You come in with just an enormous base of support.”
The biggest hurdle to Cruz’s plan is of course the possibility that Trump runs again in 2024. Trump hasn’t confirmed it yet, but many people say he will, including Trump’s friend Bill O’Reilly.
Cruz and Trump waged a vicious war in 2016, with Trump taking shots at the appearance of Cruz’s wife, and Cruz refusing to endorse Donald after bowing out. Despite their early disagreements, the two seemed to be on better terms by the end of Trump’s presidency, with Cruz even supporting an investigation into claims of election fraud on Trump’s behalf.
Trump is currently polling the best out of the possible 2024 republicans. Ron DeSantis is second, Mike Pence is third, and Ted Cruz is currently fourth.
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