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Romney Makes Stunning Prediction About Trump in 2024

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Sen. Mitt Romney essentially admitted on Wednesday that the Republican Party belongs to Donald Trump as the former president continues to remake it in his image.

The Utah Republican told POLITICO following another string of victories during Tuesday’s primaries by Trump-backed candidates that if the former president wanted the GOP nomination again in 2024, it is his for the taking.

He also acknowledged that the vast majority of the party is aligned with Trump’s views, not necessarily his own.

“It’s hard to imagine anything that would derail his support,” Romney, a Trump critic, said Wednesday, the day after nearly two-dozen Trump-backed candidates won.

“So if he wants to become the nominee in ’24, I think he’s very likely to achieve that,” Romney told POLITICO, according to Just the News.

Several GOP lawmakers have previously agreed with Romney’s view including Trump supporter Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

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“There’s never been an endorsement in American history that has the political punch that President Trump’s endorsement has,” Jordan said.

Just the News notes further:

Romney, who twice voted to convict the former president during impeachment trials, said that he doesn’t “delude” himself into believing his actions are supported by “a big swath of the Republican Party.” Though, that self-awareness never stopped the senator from speaking out against Trump during his time in office. 

After big wins Tuesday in Ohio and Indiana, the remainder of the primary season could be more difficult for Trump.

In Georgia, Trump’s candidate, former Sen. David Perdue, is polling behind incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp who is seeking a second term. And in Pennsylvania, Trump has respectively endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz over former hedgefunder David McCormick, another uphill battle.

That said, Trump’s record in backing victorious candidates is stunning: 55-0 as of Tuesday evening. Also, his endorsement has literally changed the dynamics of several races, including one for the U.S. Senate in Ohio.

In early April, it looked as though “Hillybilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance’s first foray into politics was doomed to fail. Running third and even fourth in some polls, Vance’s bid to win the GOP primary for retiring Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s seat seemed like just a pipe dream. But then Trump intervened.

The former president, seeing a whole lot of ‘America First’ potential in Vance, came out and publicly endorsed him over the rest of the field, some of whom were more well-known in the state.

That was around mid-April.

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Just days later, new polling saw Vance rising to the top of the heap, and a rally on Vance’s behalf attended by the former president went on to solidify the first-timer’s victory Tuesday evening, with The Associated Press calling the race around 9:30 p.m. EDT, with just over half of the state’s precincts reporting.

It didn’t take long for Vance to express his gratitude.

“I’ve got to say, a lot of the fake news media — and there are there are some good ones in the back there, and there’s some bad ones too, let’s be honest — but they wanted to write a story that this campaign would be the death of Donald Trump’s America First agenda,” the candidate said in his victory speech. “Ladies and gentlemen, it ain’t the death of the America First agenda.”

Trump’s endorsement of Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania also made a major impact.

According to a Monmouth University survey released last week, Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormack have both risen to the top of the GOP primary candidate field, though conservative pundit Kathy Barnette is close behind though she has been dramatically outspent by the other two.

Trump’s endorsement only raised Oz’s boat, however, it did not put him on top — yet.

“In the Democrats, you have an ideologically divided party that is leaning toward a progressive candidate. While in the Republicans, you have a strong ideological bent but no agreement on which candidate best fits that bill. Even Trump’s endorsement has not brought clarity to the field,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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