Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is raising a lot of campaign money as he runs for re-election in 2022, which is generating some buzz around 2024.
The only black Republican in the Senate and a rising GOP star brought in $ 9.6 million in the April-June second quarter of fundraising, which is a staggering number. And at the end of June, the senator had $ 14.4 million in his campaign coffers.
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“South Carolina is set to re-elect Tim Scott and we are proud of the record support we have received so early in the cycle,” Sam Oh, campaign consultant for Scott, said in a statement.
For now, Scott is unlikely to face a tough re-election next year in a reliable Red Palmetto State, where he won his 2016 election by nearly 25 points. Last November, then-President Trump won the state by 12 points and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was re-elected by 10 points despite a record-breaking fundraiser from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who is now Chairman of the National Committee. democrat.
Scott became a prominent Republican during his tenure in the Senate. He gained national attention earlier this year when he gave a well-received GOP response to President Biden’s prime-time speech at a joint session of Congress. And he’s the lead Republican in negotiations with Congressional Democrats over a major police reform bill.
Experts see him as a possible candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. His trip earlier this year to Iowa, the state whose caucuses are launching the presidential nomination timeline, sparked speculation about potential national ambitions. , and so will his massive fundraiser.
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“Tim Scott is a force,” said Jim Merrill, a longtime Republican consultant based in New Hampshire.
“His solid numbers reflect how much he has inspired activists and business leaders, both for his re-election next year and for a possible presidential campaign in 2024,” added Merrill, a veteran of many GOP presidential campaigns. .
Asked by Fox News earlier this year about a possible White House candidacy in 2024, Scott played down the speech, saying his “only goal is to be the US senator for the great state of South Carolina.”
But Scott also said the 2022 race will be his last campaign in the Senate.
Pence, Pompeo, Noem, highlight their conservative social references
Former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem all spoke Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, in front of some 1,200 evangelical activists at the 10th Annual Family Leadership Summit, hosted by The Head of Family, a top, conservative social organization based in Iowa.
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“I’m a Christian, Conservative, and Republican in that order,” Pence said, repeating a well-used line. “To transform this country, we must turn the American people back to God, to one nation under God.”
Pence, a congressman and governor of Indiana before becoming Donald Trump’s vice president, has long been a strong ally of the social-conservative movement. Pence started his day in Iowa headlining a fundraiser in the northwest for GOP Rep Randy Feenstra.
Pompeo, a military veteran and former Kansas congressman who served as CIA director in President Trump’s administration before becoming America’s top diplomat, said that “not a single dollar has come to the State Department only ended up in the hands of an abortion provider somewhere in the world “during his tenure as Secretary of State.
And in his remarks, Noem shed light on his conservative social credentials, stating “I am committed to being the most pro-life governor there is” and adding “I believe I am still the only governor in the country with a person on her staff who is the job description is to be an advocate for unborn children. “
NOEM SAYS IT “COUNTS” ON TRUMP IN 2024
Noem, a strong Trump ally, told Fox News on Friday that the former president “has America where we need it. His policies were good. So I’m counting on him to run” again in 2024 .
And Noem played down his visit to Iowa, saying “this is my neighboring state. I’m here all the time. I was just here earlier this week.”
Stop this spark of speculation
Pence and Pompeo have crisscrossed the country in recent months, to help raise funds and support their fellow Republicans running for office this year and in the mid-term of 2022. Those trips have now brought Pence to Iowa, New Hampshire. – the state which holds the first White House race primary and votes second in the presidential nominations calendar – and South Carolina, which hosts the southern first contest and votes third in the GOP calendar.
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Friday’s busy day in Iowa for Pompeo, a Fox News contributor, was his second visit so far this year. He is headlining a major fundraising dinner for the South Carolina GOP on July 30. And Fox News has learned that it will be heading to New Hampshire the next day.
Asked about 2024, Pompeo told Fox News on Friday that “my wife and I are going to pray and we will think about it and when we reach 2023 we will find our way.”
And if Trump continues his repeated flirtations and launches another run for the White House, Pompeo said that “President Trump will do his thing … he will make his choice. We will do our part.
Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who served as Ambassador to the United Nations for Trump’s first two years in the White House, is also traveling the country in support of GOP candidates. Fox News learned that Haley earlier this coming week will speak at the Republican Governors Association summer meeting in Aspen, Colorado.
IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, STRUGGLE TO STAY ON TOP 2024 OF THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS CALENDAR
Two other politicians on that very long list of potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates also have plans for travel later this summer that are sparking speculation. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, will head an Iowa GOP event in Clear Lake on August 30. And Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Trump ally, will be the main attraction at the Dallas County, Iowa GOP “Party Like a Patriot” event on September 2 in West Des Moines.
Cotton lands in New Hampshire
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another potential GOP prospect in the White House, performed his first swing this year in New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday. He headlined a major fundraising dinner for the Republican parties in Coos, Carroll and Grafton County on Friday evening, delivered a breakfast Saturday morning for the Rockingham County GOP.
And Cotton, an Army infantry officer who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was the main draw at Hillsborough County’s third annual machine gun fundraiser.
His Granite State swing came weeks after he headlined an Iowa GOP fundraiser.
In his Friday night speech, the senator announced that he was introducing legislation to prevent mergers between large tech companies. He argued that such mergers are “presumptively anti-competitive under antitrust laws” and allow tech giants to “directly or indirectly suppress the voices of tens of millions of Americans simply because of their political views.”
DeSantis on the rise
Trump remains extremely popular with the conservative GOP base as he continues to play a kingmaker role in Republican Party politics and repeatedly teases a race in 2024 to try to return to the White House.
TRUMP, DESANTIS, THE BIG WINNERS OF THE STRAW CPAC 2024 SURVEY
He got 70% support in a straw poll for the 2024 Republican nomination conducted a week ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas. And he got around 50% support in a 2024 nominating question on a recent nationwide Republican poll conducted by veteran GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, who polled for Trump in his 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in second in the CPAC poll, at 21%. And he also placed second in Fabrizio’s survey, at 19%.
DeSantis, a first-term governor and Trump ally who has gained popularity among the country’s conservatives for his resistance to COVID lockdowns and restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, easily passed a second question from the CPA 2024 ballot – without Trump on the hypothetical ballot. DeSantis got 68% support on this issue, with everyone falling between the mid and low numbers.
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In a similar question in Fabrizio’s poll, DeSantis was clearly the favorite – at 39% – at this extremely early phase of the 2024 cycle. Pence came in second with 15%, all other potential GOP presidential candidates. ‘recording to one digit.
DeSantis was in the limelight again on Saturday, traveling to Texas to team up with fellow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to visit the US-Mexico border and target the Biden administration on the border crisis.
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