It appears that one well-known Republican is likely to make another run at the U.S. presidency in the near future.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), this past week, said that he would “absolutely” consider running for the U.S. presidency again in 2024.
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Cruz’s remark came during an interview he did this past week with The Truth Gazette. There, Cruz was asked whether he would consider running again in 2024.
“Absolutely, in a heartbeat,” Cruz replied.
And, not only that, Cruz went on to suggest that he likes his chances.
“There’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee,” Cruz said. “And that’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan or McCain or Romney.”
You come in with just an enormous base of support,” he said. “In 2016 we raised over $92 million. That was the most money any Republican has ever raised in the history of presidential primaries.
Those familiar with Cruz will likely remember that he was the Republican Primary runner-up in 2016, coming in behind former President Donald Trump. Cruz, as he stated, received a lot of support back then, and he maintains support to this day.
If he does run again in 2024, though, he might be facing a more difficult path to victory.
Over the past several months, there have been countless polls that have looked ahead to the Republican and Democrat 2024 presidential primaries as well as the 2024 general election. On the Republican side of things, Cruz is almost always among the names listed as potential candidates. But, he has consistently come up short.
Cruz, in these polls, tends to come in dozens of percentage points behind former President Trump. And, he also tends to be behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and former Vice President Mike Pence (R).
We all know that polls can’t really be trusted and that a lot can happen between now and 2024, but it is hard to believe that Cruz would be able to beat Trump in a head-to-head matchup. We, of course, still don’t know whether Trump will run in 2024, although he and his allies have given every indication, except the official announcement, that he will. One thing that is for sure, though, is that Republicans have plenty of strong 2024 candidates ready to go.