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Trump Preparing 2024 Presidential Announcement As Quick As This Month: Report

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Former President Donald Trump has hinted many times that he will attempt another run at the White House in 2024, especially at his rallies.

But now, a late-breaking Friday report from The New York Times claims that not only is he planning to run again, but he is moving towards making an early announcement well before the 2022 midterms.

“The timing of a formal announcement from Mr. Trump remains uncertain. But he recently surprised some advisers by saying he might declare his candidacy on social media without warning even his own team, and aides are scrambling to build out basic campaign infrastructure in time for an announcement as early as this month,” The Times said.

The report said that some Republicans are concerned that an announcement before the midterms could help the Democrats use the former president as a campaign issue.

“Republicans want to win badly in 2022, and it is dawning on many of them that relitigating the 2020 election with Trump’s daily conspiracy diatribes are sure losers,” Republican strategist and former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, Dick Wadhams, said.

There are additional concerns about Trump announcing early, as well.

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“One of the most compelling arguments against an early announcement had been federal campaign finance laws. If and when Mr. Trump announces, he would be ineligible to use any of the $100 million that he has parked in his political action committee to directly support his presidential run. His campaign would also be constrained by a strict $2,900-per-person donation cap for the primaries, meaning he could tap his largest donors only once over the next period of roughly two years to directly fund a candidacy,” The Times said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is said to be among those close to Trump who are urging an early announcement, the paper reported.

“It’s up to him if he runs or not,” Graham told the Times. “But the key to him being successful is comparing his policy agenda and policy successes with what is going on today.”

Last month, NBC News reported that Trump was actually considering announcing a 2024 bid for the GOP nomination over the Independence Day weekend, though some advisers are reportedly pressing him to wait until after the midterms.

“I’ve laid out my case on why I think he should do it,” longtime adviser Jason Miller, co-founder of the GETTR social media platform, said as he accompanied the former president to a rally in Wyoming during Memorial Day weekend.

“I think that there being clarity about what his intentions are [is important] so he can start building that operation while it’s still fresh in people’s minds and they’re still active — a lot of that can be converted into 2024 action,” Miller added.

One adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity with the outlet said, however, that they think Trump should wait until after the midterms, though the person is fairly certain the former president won’t wait.

“A betting person says he’s doing it, and he also wants to crowd out the rest of the field,” the person said.

The Times report comes on the heels of a survey released this week indicating that Trump remains the favorite among Republicans to win the 2024 nomination.

According to Emerson College Polling results released on Friday, Trump also continues to defeat President Joe Biden in a 2020 election rematch.

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Trump (55 percent) clearly was the choice of GOP voters for 2024, Emerson’s results noted. He was followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (20 percent) and former Vice President Mike Pence (9 percent). No other potential Republican candidate received more than 5 percent.

Other notable GOP figures who are reportedly considering a run are former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and some have even mentioned South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

No Republican has officially declared their candidacy yet, however, likely because they are waiting to see what Trump will do, though he has frequently hinted at another run.

Newsmax adds:

A total of 64% of Democrat voters said Biden should be the party’s 2024 nominee, while 36% said he should not be.

In a hypothetical 2020 rematch, Trump holds a five-point (44%-39%) over Biden. A total of 12% said they would vote for someone else, and 5% were undecided.

“Since last month, Trump has held his share of support while Biden’s support has reduced four points,” ECP Executive Director Spencer Kimball said.

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