There has been significant speculation among political pundits and within the Republican Party in recent weeks regarding the possibility of a crowded 2024 GOP presidential primary race. As of this writing, however, only one candidate — former President Donald Trump — has made a formal announcement.
Several prominent Republicans are not waiting for any rivals to enter the fray before endorsing Trump. Among the most recent to do so was U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who issued a statement of support on Friday.
“I’m proud to endorse the strongest president of my lifetime, Donald J. Trump, for a second term in 2024,” he wrote.
Calling Trump “the architect of our America First movement,” the Oklahoma Republican asserted that the former president “is a proven champion for our conservative values, and a fearless leader on the world stage.”
Mullin’s endorsement included a recap of Trump’s accomplishments during his first term in office.
“He lowered taxes, secured American energy independence, protected our Second Amendment, and never backed down from the radical Left threatening our way of life,” the senator wrote.
Several other GOP senators have also thrown their support behind Trump’s campaign, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Appearing alongside Trump at a campaign rally in his home state earlier this year, Graham delivered a message to fellow Republicans who believe another candidate can deliver the same results as the 45th president.
“We live in a dangerous world right now,” he said. “The good news for the Republican Party — there are many, many talented people for years to come. But there is only one Donald Trump.”
Graham went on to tell those who are trying to replicate Trump’s achievements: “You can talk about his policies, but you could not do what he did.”
Two other prominent South Carolina Republicans could be among Trump’s competitors next year, however. Sen. Tim Scott is planning events in early primary states, which is generally seen as a first step toward announcing a presidential run, and former Gov. Nikki Haley has been not-so-subtly hinting at her own White House ambitions lately.