Looking Ahead: the GOP’s top candidates for 2024


Friday, January 1, 2021

Despite Election Day being only just over a month behind us, people are already talking about who might run for president in 2024. While it is of course way too early to predict who the Republican nominee will be four years from now, here’s which potential candidates are getting the most and earliest buzz. 


Please note that this list is not an endorsement of any of these potential candidates, but rather a look at the high-profile individuals who may throw their name into the mix. 


  1. President Donald J. Trump

Perhaps the most notable potential candidate to run in 2024, President Trump would, in all likelihood, be the early favorite to secure the GOP nomination. He already enjoys a considerable amount of support from his loyal base and he is the first incumbent president to receive over 70 million votes. To say he wouldn’t have a chance in 2024 is simply not true. 

Since President Trump has only served one term up until this point, he remains eligible to seek a second four-year term in 2024. If elected in 2024, President Trump would be the second president in U.S history to serve two non-consecutive terms, the first being Grover Cleveland. President Trump has certainly defied the predictions of many political analysts for the past four years, who’s to say that he can’t do it again. 


  1. Vice President Mike Pence

Another notable potential candidate in 2024 is Vice President Mike Pence. 

Historically, it’s quite common for the VP to run for president following their president’s term(s) in office. Whether they win is another question, as we’ve seen vice presidents throughout history both succeed and fail. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush succeeded President Ronald Reagan after serving as Reagan’s VP for eight years and winning the 1988 election. Conversely, former Vice President Al Gore failed to succeed President Bill Clinton in the dramatic 2000 election. 

Assuming President Trump doesn’t run in 2024, it seems Vice President Mike Pence would have a relatively decent chance to win the Republican nomination. Though the future is always in motion…


  1. Nikki Haley

One widely-speculated potential candidate in 2024 is the former Governor of South Carolina and Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. The daughter of two Indian immigrants and the first female governor of her home state, Nikki Haley is referred to by many as the ‘future of the Republican Party.’ 

While she began serving as governor in 2011, she was elevated into the national spotlight in 2015 when she signed a bill into law that removed the Confederate Flag from the state capitol. In 2017, she was appointed by President Trump to serve as the U.S Ambassador to the United Nations, a position she held for two years until she resigned at the end of 2018. In 2019, she released a memoir entitled With All Due Respect, detailing her time serving as Ambassador to the U.N. 

In August, she was a keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention. 


  1. Ron DeSantis

A less-notable, yet potential, candidate is the current Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis. He was elected in 2018, defeating Democrat Mayor, Andrew Gillum, after receiving a greater share of the Hispanic vote than Trump did in Florida in 2016. 

As governor, Ron DeSantis implemented many conservative policies that not only appealed to the base of the Republican party, but also independent voters as wellgarnering an approval rating upwards of 60% according to a poll conducted pre-coronavirus in 2019. Such policies include but are not limited to: expansion of school choice, prohibition of sanctuary cities, and increased competition in Florida’s healthcare industry by reducing government involvement. 

One potential issue that might arise in a 2024 presidential campaign for Governor DeSantis is his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A poll conducted in October 2020 found 52% of Floridians disapprove of his response on that specific issue. However, it is important to note that the mainstream media took aim at Governor DeSantis throughout a considerable duration of the pandemic, yet generally refrained from doing so against Democratic governors such as Andrew Cuomo in New York or Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan. 


This list is certainly not comprehensive in the slightest. There are many more potential GOP candidates who could run for president in 2024 that I haven’t mentioned, such as Senators Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Josh Hawley, or Governor Kristi Noem or even Candace Owens. 

With so much time between now and 2024, who knows what the political landscape will look like when we get there. 


Matthew J Convard is a graduate from Glastonbury High School and a student at the University of Connecticut where he is pursuing a major in political science and a minor in economics. He aspires to become an elected official and serve his country.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Matthew Convard

Matthew J Convard is a graduate from Glastonbury High School and a student at the University of Connecticut where he is pursuing a major in political science and a minor in economics. He aspires to become an elected official and serve his country.

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