The Hill reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is looking to play an important role in helping the Republicans to win back the U.S. presidency in 2024.
This could be bad news for former President Donald Trump – one of the Republicans’ 2024 frontrunners – given that Trump and Kemp have not exactly been seeing eye-to-eye.
“A leading role”
According to The Hill, Kemp is looking “to play a leading role” in the Republicans’ 2024 efforts.
Per the outlet:
Republicans downplay his interest in a presidential bid, but point to him as a potential running mate for the eventual nominee or, at the very least, a highly sought-after surrogate in a newly minted battleground state. Multiple Kemp allies also raised the possibility of a Senate bid in 2026, when Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) will be up for reelection.
The Hill goes on to back this claim up with a quote from a “close ally” of Kemp.
The argument being pushed by some is that Kemp, through his 2022 performance, provided anti-Trump Republicans with a blueprint for succeeding in elections without Trump.
Kemp defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in the 2022 general election in which he secured reelection. But, before doing so, he easily fended off a primary challenge from a Trump-endorsed candidate. And so, some are trying to make the claim that Kemp knows how to win without Trump.
CNN quotes Stephen Lawson, a Georgia-based Republican operative, as arguing that Kemp’s victory “lays out a blueprint.”
“I think there’s going to be lessons here for other people the president has recently lashed out against,” Lawson added. “If you don’t take the bait, you’ve got a pretty good chance of winning.”
This is half of the argument for Kemp playing a “leading role” in the Republicans’ 2024 efforts.
The other half:
It is the argument, made by many on the left and by anti-Trump Republicans – that Republicans did not do as well as they could have in the midterms elections because of Trump.
It’s not the most convincing argument considering that Trump-backed candidates overwhelmingly were successful in the midterm elections. But, it is an argument that many continue to make.
There is no question that Trump remains very popular with Republicans – he continues to top 2024 Republican primary polls and he even tops the Democrats’ leading 2024 candidates in some polls. But, the question is whether Trump has enough support across the country to have a legitimate chance at regaining the presidency in 2024.
The answer to that question is unclear. But, it is hard to believe that through Kemp is the road to victory for Republicans in 2024.