Prominent GOP Senators are not thrilled with the prospect of Donald Trump winning the 2024 presidential nomination from their party, they’ve indicated. In a recent article written for The Wall Street Journal, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) pushed for Republican Party donors to be prepared to pressure low-performing candidates out of the race, which will help avoid the pitfalls of splitting the support from those who don’t want Trump.
And others agree, having spoken to The Hill. “If we want to win elections, we need to look toward the general election and making sure our candidates are strong and ready to go,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a leading member of the Senate’s Republican conference, said. “If people can start coalescing and getting the right candidate into place, that would be very helpful.” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) was even more blunt. “At the end of the day, there’s no point endorsing somebody who can’t win,” he remarked, according to The Hill’s reporting. “I wish we just move on to something normal and tap into the talent of 340 million Americans and see what else we can come up with.”
In the Republican primary process this cycle, nearly a dozen and a half state parties will be giving all their nominating convention delegate spots to the individual candidate who prevails in their particular state’s contest instead of dividing the delegation in proportion to the final vote shares. These updated guidelines could further help Trump with securing the Republican presidential nomination, especially if others don’t act.
At present, most prominent challengers to Trump are generally far behind him in polling. Despite promising signs earlier in the year, Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis has sunk dramatically, ending up in the same range as other perhaps longshot candidates like conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
Trump, meanwhile, remains frustrated with the Senate Republicans resisting his campaign, a list that also includes second-in-command Sen. John Thune (S.D.). “But with all of these horrible revelations and facts, why hasn’t Republican “leadership” in the Senate spoken up and rebuked Crooked Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats, Fascists, and Marxists for their criminal acts against our Country, some of them against me,” he complained Monday on Truth Social.