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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will announce his decision to run for president within the “next 45 to 60 days”. washington examiner In an interview in mid-March where he criticized his former friend, former President Donald Trump, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ramps up his political activity ahead of next year’s presidential election as one of the two top contenders for the GOP nomination.

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Donald Trump: The former president announced his entry into the race a week after the November election, as prominent members of the GOP blamed him for a midterm election loss that left the party with a smaller majority in the House than expected, but he Maintains broad support of those who voted for him in previous elections.

Mike Pence: Former Vice President touring the country to promote his new memoir, so help me God, has left open the possibility of running for president, and recently delivered a scathing rebuke of his former boss before reporters and politicians at Washington’s annual Gridiron Dinner: “History will hold Donald Trump accountable for Jan. 6. , , President Trump was wrong. His reckless words put my family and everyone at the Capitol in danger that day,” he said.

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Ron DeSantis: Unlike Trump, the midterm elections were a boon for the Florida governor, who won a second term by a wide margin and became the first GOP candidate in 20 years to win Miami-Dade County, and while he is expected to announce before the Florida Legislature While the session ends in May, he began a multi-state tour in February that looks like a precursor to a presidential campaign.

Chris Christie: Ex-Trump aide turned critic who is weighing a second race for the GOP nomination after dropping out of the 2016 primary race, reports examiner Trump regularly “Come on [the GOP] below,” referring to a string of elected offices under the former president, and reprimanding DeSantis for his comments against America’s support of Ukraine in its war with Russia; Christie to speak at St. Anselm College on March 27. Will also travel to the initial enrolling state of New Hampshire.

Nikki Haley: After vowing not to run against Trump, the former South Carolina governor became his first official challenger in February, calling for a “new generation of leadership” in a video announcement, attacking President Joe Biden’s “disgraceful record” and considering that Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight elections, but Haley is polling a low 3% among potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates, according to a Jan. Morning Consult Poll.

Vivek Ramaswamy: Less than a week after Haley announced her campaign, the 37-year-old investment firm manager—who created Forbes’ list of America’s richest entrepreneurs under the age of 40 in 2016—with a net worth of $600 million at the time—entered the fray with a video announcement in which he called “Covidism, climateism and gender ideology” the “new secular world.” religion”, a statement that builds on what he calls an “anti-Voc” message detailed in his 2021 book “Voc, Inc.”

Tim Scott: The senator from South Carolina has made key appointments to a super-PAC in support of his political ambitions. Axios reported in February, and visited Iowa on February 22 as part of a multi-state tour to promote a political message of unity and optimism.

Mike Pompeo: as well as a new book titled Never Give An Inch: Fighting for america i loveformer secretary of state told CBS In January he would decide on a 2024 presidential bid in “the next few months”.

Asa Hutchinson: Hutchinson, who served eight years as governor of Arkansas as recently as late last year told CBS He will likely make a decision about running for president in April and has been a vocal critic of Trump’s role in the January 6 Capitol riots, going so far as to say that it “disqualifies” him from running again.

Chris Sununu: New Hampshire’s governor told CBS News on Sunday that a possible 2024 runoff is likely. face the nation Host Margaret Brennan on Sunday that it would be “an opportunity to change things” later recently taking steps To cement his political future with the launch of a new super-PAC.

Glen Youngkin: He raised his national profile by campaigning for GOP candidates during the 2022 midterm elections, but the governor of Virginia remains unopposed on a run for president. telling NBC News In January he was “coy” about a possible candidacy and remained “so focused” on his current role.

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55%. This is the percentage of GOP voters who said they would vote to nominate Trump in the 2024 primary, compared to 25% for DeSantis and 8% for Pence, according to a February Emerson College Elections.

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Confirmed and potential contenders began intensifying their political activities in February. Pence and DeSantis both spoke at the Club for Growth's annual gathering of heavyweight donors in early March, while Trump was pulled from the event because of a feud with the club that began during the 2022 primaries. Instead, he headlined the Conservative Political Action Conference, which Pence and DeSantis did not attend. Trump and DeSantis visited Iowa within days of each other in early March and their cross-country travel is expected to increase in the coming months. While DeSantis has refrained from criticizing Trump, the former president has adopted the nickname "Ron DeSanctimonious" to refer to his former mentor and has criticized him for his Covid-19 shutdown policies and his support for Medicare and Social Security reforms. is attacked.

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If Trump will face charges in five ongoing law enforcement investigations against him and whether they will affect his standing as a candidate. A Manhattan grand jury probing her role in payments made to Stormy Daniels in exchange for silence about her alleged 2016 affair with Trump reportedly sought her testimony in early March, indicating that an indictment may be forthcoming. Separately, the New York Attorney General is investigating his family business practices. The Justice Department has two ongoing investigations into Trump's role in the January 6 insurrection, as well as his handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after he left office. The Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney's Office is also investigating Trump's role in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state.

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Pence also faces a Justice Department investigation over his handling of classified documents after leaving office. In January, about 13 documents with classified markings were discovered by Pence's lawyers and FBI agents at his Carmel, Indiana home. The federal government collected more than 300 documents with classified markings in total after Trump left office, including more than 100 classified documents handed over to the National Archives last January, collected from Mar-a-Lago in June 2023 Another batch of investigators and records seized in an August 8 FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago. President Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his re-election bid in the coming months, also faces a Justice Department probe over his handling of classified documents. After searches by the FBI and his personal attorneys found more than two dozen records with classified markings in Biden's possession between November and January.

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