Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is hauling in numerous marketing campaign money as he runs for reelection in 2022, and that’s producing some buzz about 2024.
The one Black Republican within the Senate and a rising star within the GOP introduced in $9.6 million through the April-June second quarter of fundraising, which is an eye fixed popping determine. And as of the tip of June, the senator had $14.4 million in his marketing campaign coffers.
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“South Carolina is able to reelect Tim Scott and we’re pleased with the file breaking help we’ve got obtained so early within the cycle,” Scott marketing campaign guide Sam Oh mentioned in an announcement.
As of now, Scott is unlikely to face a difficult reelection subsequent yr within the reliably crimson Palmetto State, the place he gained his 2016 election by almost 25 factors. Final November, then-President Trump carried the state by 12 factors and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham gained reelection by 10 factors regardless of record-breaking fundraising from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who’s now the chair of the Democratic Nationwide Committee.
Scott has change into a high-profile Republican throughout his tenure within the Senate. He grabbed nationwide consideration earlier this yr when he gave a well-received GOP response to President Biden’s primetime handle to a joint session of Congress. And he’s the lead Republican in negotiations with congressional Democrats on a significant police reform invoice.
Pundits see him as a potential 2024 GOP presidential nomination contender. His journey earlier this yr to Iowa, the state whose caucuses kick off the presidential nominating calendar, sparked hypothesis about potential nationwide ambitions, and his large fundraising haul will as effectively.
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“Tim Scott is a pressure,” longtime New Hampshire-based Republican guide Jim Merrill mentioned.
“His sturdy numbers mirror how he has impressed activists and enterprise leaders alike, good for each his reelection subsequent yr and for a possible presidential marketing campaign in 2024,” Merrill, a veteran of quite a few GOP presidential campaigns, added.
Requested by Fox Information earlier this yr a couple of potential 2024 White Home run, Scott downplayed such speak, declaring that his “solely goal is to be america senator for the nice state of South Carolina.”
However Scott has additionally mentioned that the 2022 race shall be his final Senate marketing campaign.
Pence, Pompeo, Noem, highlight their social conservative credentials
Former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem all spoke Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to some 1,200 evangelical activists on the tenth annual Household Management Summit, which is hosted by the Household Chief, a high, Iowa-based social conservative group.
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“I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican in that order,” Pence mentioned, repeating a well-used line. “To show this nation round, we have to flip the American folks again to God, again to 1 nation underneath God.”
Pence, a congressman and Indiana governor earlier than serving as vp underneath Donald Trump, has lengthy been a robust ally to the social conservative motion. Pence began his day in Iowa headlining a fundraiser within the northwest a part of the state for GOP Rep. Randy Feenstra.
Pompeo, an Military veteran and former congressman from Kansas who served as CIA director in then-President Trump’s administration earlier than turning into America’s high diplomat, touted that “not a single greenback that got here to the State Division ended up within the palms of an abortion supplier someplace on this planet” throughout his tenure as secretary of state.
And in her handle, Noem spotlighted her social conservative credentials, saying “I’ve dedicated to be essentially the most pro-life governor there’s” and including “I consider I’m nonetheless the one governor within the nation who has an individual on workers who’s job description is to be an unborn baby advocate.”
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Noem, a robust Trump ally, informed Fox Information on Friday that the previous president “had America proper the place we wanted her. His polices have been proper. So I’m relying on him working” once more in 2024.
And Noem downplayed her go to to Iowa, saying “it’s my neighboring state. I’m right here on a regular basis. I used to be simply right here earlier this week.”
Stops that spark hypothesis
Pence and Pompeo have been crisscrossing the nation in latest months, to assist elevate cash and help fellow Republicans working in elections this yr and within the 2022 midterms. These travels have now introduced Pence to Iowa, New Hampshire – the state that holds the primary main within the White Home race and votes second within the presidential nominating calendar – and South Carolina, which holds the primary southern contest and votes third within the GOP calendar.
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Friday’s jam-packed one-day swing by Iowa for Pompeo, a Fox Information contributor, was his second go to to this point this yr. He’s headlining a significant fundraising dinner for the South Carolina GOP on July 30. And Fox Information has discovered that he’ll go to New Hampshire the following day.
Requested about 2024, Pompeo on Friday informed Fox Information that “my spouse and I’ll pray and we’ll assume our means by it and once we hit 2023, we’ll determine our means by it.”
And if Trump follows by on his repeated flirtations and launches one other White Home run, Pompeo mentioned “President Trump will do his factor… he’ll make his alternative. We’ll do our bit.”
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations throughout Trump’s first two years within the White Home, can be touring the nation to help GOP candidates. Fox Information discovered that Haley early this upcoming week will converse on the Republican Governors Affiliation summer time assembly in Aspen, Colorado.
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Two different politicians on that very massive record of potential 2024 GOP presidential contenders even have journey plans later this summer time which can be sparking hypothesis. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, will headline an Iowa GOP occasion in Clear Lake on August thirtieth. And Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Trump ally, would be the principal sights on the Dallas County, Iowa GOP “Get together Like a Patriot” occasion on Sept. 2nd in West Des Moines.
Cotton swings into New Hampshire
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one other potential GOP White Home hopeful, on Friday and Saturday made his first swing this yr by New Hampshire. He headlined a significant fundraising dinner for the Coos, Carroll, and Grafton County Republican Events on Friday night time, keynoted a breakfast occasion Saturday morning for the Rockingham County GOP.
And Cotton, an Military infantry officer who served within the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was the principle attraction at this Hillsborough County GOP’s third annual machine gun shoot fundraiser.
His Granite State swing got here a few weeks after he headlined an Iowa GOP fundraiser.
Throughout his Friday night time speech, the senator introduced that he introduce laws that goals to stop mergers between huge tech corporations. He argued that such mergers are “presumptively anti-competitive underneath the anti-trust legal guidelines” and are permitting the tech giants to “straight or not directly to suppress the voices of tens of hundreds of thousands of Individuals merely due to their political opinions.”
Trump stays extraordinarily well-liked with the conservative base of the GOP as he continues to play a kingmaker’s position in Republican Get together politics and repeatedly teases a 2024 run to try to return to the White Home.
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He scored 70% help in a 2024 Republican presidential nomination straw ballot performed every week in the past on the Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas. And he grabbed roughly 50% help in a 2024 nomination query on a latest nationwide ballot of Republicans performed by veteran GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, who polled for Trump in each his 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
However Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis got here in second on the CPAC straw ballot, at 21%. And he additionally positioned second in Fabrizio’s survey, at 19%.
DeSantis, a first-term governor and Trump ally who soared in recognition amongst conservatives nationwide for his resistance to lockdowns and COVID restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, simply topped a second 2024 CPA poll query – with out Trump on the hypothetical poll. DeSantis grabbed 68% help on that query, with everyone else within the mid to low single digits.
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In an analogous query in Fabrizio’s ballot, DeSantis was the clear frontrunner – at 39% – at this extraordinarily early section of the 2024 cycle. Pence got here in second at 15%, with each different potential GOP presidential contender registering within the single digits.
DeSantis on Saturday was as soon as once more within the highlight, touring to Texas to workforce up with fellow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and take intention on the Biden administration over the border disaster.