Should Republicans Run a Governor for President in 2024?

Should Republicans Run a Governor for President in 2024?

( – The 2020 election is still ongoing as President Trump fights to prove that the presidential election was rife with fraud and voting irregularities in battleground states. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about 2024. In only 30 months, candidates will begin announcing intentions to run, and not soon after, the presidential debates will begin. Throughout presidential campaign history, governors have been the most likely to win a party’s nomination for various reasons.

Governors Are the Likeliest to Win Nominations and Presidential Elections

In US History, serving as a governor has been the best stepping stone to acquiring the presidency. Twenty-one nominees between both political parties served as governors before running for president, and ten won their elections. Compared with former vice presidents, cabinet appointees, or Congress members, governors have the highest odds of winning a nomination and carrying an election. Of the last six presidents, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush were governors.

The majority of voters elect governors within their state. GOP governors are competitive across the country and hold more seats than Democrats. Since 2018, voters have elected 40 Republican governors across America. That’s an astounding record of accomplishment for the GOP.

GOP Governors Should Be Considered

The popularity of Republican governors around the country is a strong reason to consider one as the party’s standard-bearer in 2024, but it’s not the only reason. Unlike any other position, other than a US Senator, governors run costly statewide elections that require a lot of different skill sets to be successful. After winning, they are responsible for running large bureaucracies and overseeing the laws of the state. The position is very similar to that of a president but on a smaller scale.

In running a presidential campaign, governors are most dialed in on how to run an executive branch of government. They have experience managing large staffs, balancing the checkbook of multi-billion dollar budgets, cultivating donors, often speaking in public, and performing well in debates. In general, they have a broader diversity of skills than those who have served in other elective capacities or have come from the business world.

All told, history bodes well for governors who run for the presidency.

Perhaps the GOP should keep that in mind when selecting a nominee in a little more than two and a half years from now.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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