President Trump just encountered two simultaneous setbacks on his road to a 2024 run for the US presidency.
His preferred candidate, ex-Sen. David Perdue, failed to unseat Georgia’s incumbent Governor Brian Kemp in the GOP primary.
Meanwhile, a heavyweight Republican strategist has moved to secure wide-ranging support for Florida’s popular Governor Ron DeSantis to win the party’s next presidential nomination.
It Was a Long Shot Anyway
75-year-old Trump has been hinting very strongly that he will be seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination once again in the 2024 election.
Public opinion polls continue to show him as the favorite for the GOP nomination, with DeSantis as a distant second.
However, Trump is facing multiple tests as his preferred candidates on various levels are involved in primary battles all over the nation.
Thus, in the GOP primary in Georgia on Tuesday, Trump suffered his biggest setback as his favorite, Perdue, failed to defeat Governor Kemp for the Republicans’ gubernatorial nomination.
As Kemp enjoyed substantial popularity among Republican voters in Georgia since the start of the GOP primary campaign, a win by Perdue was always deemed a long shot.
According to the preliminary results from Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary in Georgia, Kemp got almost 75% of the vote. Trump’s favorite ended up with less than a quarter.
Back in 2018, it was largely Trump’s endorsement that helped Kemp clinch the governorship in Georgia.
However, in November 2020, Kemp refused Trump’s demands to overturn the state’s electoral count, infuriating Trump and leaving him with a giant grudge.
Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp won his party's primary over a challenger endorsed by Donald Trump, marking the former U.S. president's biggest defeat so far in his effort to play kingmaker ahead of November's midterm elections https://t.co/E0RQ8gQHL4 pic.twitter.com/ktDdgKMsmz
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 25, 2022
Perdue said he wasn't going to lose by 30, and he didn't. Kemp is ahead 72-22. Appears he's on track to lose by 50! Raffensperger is also still over 50.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) May 25, 2022
WOW, David Perdue absolutely CRUSHED brutally by massive dumps of votes for Brian Kemp in Georgia. What a humiliating loss for the failed former President Donald Trump, who endorsed David Perdue. Truly an endorsement to be flushed down the toilet 10-15 times.
— David Pakman (@dpakman) May 25, 2022
Kemp beats Perdue in Georgia governor primary, striking blow to Trump endorsement power https://t.co/lPXbnBa6Lj
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 25, 2022
Trump vs. ‘Ready for Ron’
The bad news for Trump, however, didn’t end on Tuesday.
A major movement is being launched in favor of Trump’s only potential opponent with plausible chances of challenging him for the 2024 Republican nomination: Governor Ron DeSantis.
The effort in question is led by a high-profile GOP strategist, Ed Rollins. He was instrumental in President Ronald Reagan’s crushing victory in the 1984 presidential election.
Rollins joined what has been named the “Ready For Ron” PAC by conservative activist Lilian Rodriguez-Baz, who is an appellate attorney, The Daily Mail reported.
The group’s stated goal is to attract numerous supporters in order to convince DeSantis to run for President in 2024.
The Florida governor hasn’t made any commitment to join the Republican nomination race and is presently focused on his re-election in November.
While the Ready For Ron PAC didn’t attack Trump, it insisted the Republican Party is “ready for a new leader” and that new leader is DeSantis.
Rollins started an online petition to get supporters to “draft” the Florida governor for a 2024 presidential candidacy; it remains to be seen how much pull their effort is going to end up generating.
Meanwhile, it emerged that Tuesday’s Republican primaries in Georgia, as well as Arkansas, weren’t all bad news for President Trump.
In Georgia, he did score two victories. Trump’s favorites, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green and ex-football superstar Herschel Walker, won their primaries for seats in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, respectively.
In Arkansas, Trump’s former White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, won the Republican nomination for the governor’s race in the state this fall.
Her victory actually caused speculations that Trump might choose her as his running mate in the 2024 US presidential election.
'Ready for Ron' PAC launches to 'draft' DeSantis to run for presidency https://t.co/vxlWIHA8sh via @MailOnline
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) May 25, 2022
Ready for Ron PAC urges DeSantis to run for president in 2024 https://t.co/WdDRtSRFve #FoxNews
— Fred Lucas (@FredLucasWH) May 23, 2022
THANK YOU GEORGIA! LOVE YOU🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Q3HVmcYEDY
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) May 25, 2022
Ex-football star Herschel Walker wins Georgia GOP Senate nomination https://t.co/PmIL2KSK2H pic.twitter.com/BmbTBBYUSX
— New York Post (@nypost) May 25, 2022
Arkansas polls close as Sarah Sanders favored to win GOP nomination and Boozman hopes to retain Senate seat https://t.co/GaidSgklep
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 25, 2022