list of Republican elected officials who have expressed their support for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign:- Former President Donald Trump, a prominent figure in American politics, officially commenced his third presidential campaign in November. This announcement marked a significant milestone as he was the first major Republican to declare his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.
Despite facing legal challenges in New York, Trump has managed to secure a noteworthy number of endorsements, positioning himself as a formidable contender in the race.
As of September 18, the list of prominent Republicans who have thrown their support behind Trump for the 2024 campaign includes 11 senators and four governors.
These endorsements signify a substantial level of backing, although it’s important to note that a considerable portion of the Republican Party has yet to rally behind him. Many elected Republicans are adopting a wait-and-see approach, preferring to evaluate the field or deeming it too early to make a definitive decision.
During his tenure as president, Trump exerted a firm grip on the Republican party, even in the aftermath of the unprecedented events of January 6, 2021, when a crowd of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. His influence over Republican primary voters and his ability to take action against intraparty adversaries have remained evident.
However, recent midterm election results presented a mixed picture for the GOP. While the party made modest gains in the House, Democrats retained control of the Senate, and many candidates endorsed by Trump did not perform as expected.
This has led some to question whether the former president’s political influence is diminishing. Nevertheless, a core group of Trump’s allies and longtime supporters continue to stand by his side.
Here is a breakdown of the prominent Republicans who have expressed their support for Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign:
- Mike Dunleavy (Alaska)
- Endorsed Trump in late August, citing him as the “best president for this state in its short history.”
- Jim Justice (West Virginia)
- The West Virginia governor, originally elected as a Democrat, tweeted his support for Trump in April, even as he faced legal challenges in Manhattan.
- Henry McMaster (South Carolina)
- Announced as a member of Trump’s campaign leadership team at a January event in Columbia. McMaster expressed optimism about a potential second Trump term, predicting a “burst of freedom and prosperity unlike any we have ever seen before.”
- Kristi Noem (South Dakota)
- The South Dakota governor and potential vice-presidential contender endorsed Trump at a rally in her state.
- Mike Braun (Indiana)
- Currently running for governor, Braun praised Trump for his “America First policies” and his ability to deliver prosperity and security for the American people.
- Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee)
- Endorsed Trump after his meeting with Tennessee Republicans in April.
- Ted Budd (North Carolina)
- Budd endorsed Trump in April after securing his North Carolina US Senate seat with Trump’s backing.
- Steve Daines (Montana)
- The Montana senator, also heading Senate Republicans’ campaign efforts, endorsed Trump in an appearance on Donald Trump Jr.’s podcast in April.
- Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
- Graham, a long-serving senator, formed a close alliance with Trump and emphasized the importance of Trump’s leadership in shaping Republican policies.
- Bill Hagerty (Tennessee)
- The former US Ambassador to Japan under Trump offered his “wholehearted endorsement” to the former president in April.
- Cindy Hyde-Smith (Mississippi)
- The freshman Mississippi senator expressed her support for Trump in April, highlighting his attentiveness to her state’s needs during his presidency.
- Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma)
- Mullin, an Oklahoma freshman, endorsed Trump in February and lauded him as the “strongest president of my lifetime” on Truth Social.
- Eric Schmitt (Missouri)
- The newly elected senator from Missouri announced his support for Trump in January, and Trump had previously endorsed him in the Missouri GOP primary.
- Tommy Tuberville (Alabama)
- Tuberville, a former Auburn University head football coach and Alabama senator, was the first Republican senator to endorse Trump for the 2024 campaign, just days after Trump’s announcement.
- JD Vance (Ohio)
- The author of the bestselling book “Hillbilly Elegy” secured Trump’s endorsement in the Ohio GOP primary and declared his support for the former president in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in January, commending Trump’s foreign policy record.
I support President Donald J. Trump!🇺🇸— Jim Justice (@JimJusticeWV) April 10, 2023
The people working to oppose and defeat President Trump are the same ones working to beat me and fight the great things we're doing in West Virginia.
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This robust list of endorsements underscores Trump’s continued influence within the Republican Party as he embarks on his third presidential campaign. It remains to be seen how the political landscape will evolve leading up to the 2024 election.