What are former Vice President Mike Pence’s chances to win the Republican nomination for president in 2024?
Answer: At this moment, little or none.
Much can change between now and when the next presidential election cycle which starts in mid-2023 so he should still be in the conversation because he has mainstream name recognition. However, it’s likely he’ll be a longshot at best should he pursue the presidency in 2024.
Trump supporters comprise over 50 percent of the Republican Party and many of them see Pence as a sellout for a) not aggressively pushing the false election fraud narrative and b) not boycotting Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Ever since the former president, in his waning days in office, criticized and ridiculed Pence for not demanding the presidential election be overturned, MAGA fans have torched the latter in social media and at public gatherings. In fact, some insist the ultra-conservative former vice president is collaborating with Democrats as part of the so-called “Deep State.”
And while it was reported Trump and Pence made peace with each other after the election, bad blood between the two remains. In a recent interview with conservative radio host Lisa Boothe, Trump riddled off his list of “very good” 2024 Republican presidential candidates and Pence, once his sidekick and most loyal backer, was not among those mentioned.
Trump’s personal list of top GOP candidates (not including himself and not necessarily in any order):
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
- Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
- Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem
But let’s assume some Trumpers give Mike Pence the benefit of the doubt and support him in 2024. Would he then have a chance?
The Bible-thumping Pence is a hardcore conservative whose views, especially those relating to gay rights, rub a lot of people the wrong way.
He’s no darling of Republican moderates or right-leaning independents let alone Democrats, who might give him some credit for putting country ahead of party after the election but wouldn’t dare consider voting for him.
The only group of Americans who would solidly support him at this moment are Never Trumper Evangelical Christians who did not support Donald due to his wretched lifestyle and vulgar behavior. They, of course, are far outnumbered by Evangelicals who worship Trump as a deity of sorts.
Today, Mike Pence would face an uphill battle should he try to win his party’s nomination for president and even greater obstacles in the general election should he somehow manage to win the GOP primary.Tags: mike pence, U.S. Presidential Race 2024