The 2024 Republican nomination will be wide open, whether President Trump wins reelection next year or not. And several high-profile Republicans are already angling to succeed him.
A bit under five years from now, Trump will either be finishing up his second term, won in 2020, or an ex-president, having lost to the Democratic nominee that year. A natural successor for Trump, 73, would be his vice president, Mike Pence, who has dutifully stayed in the shadows for nearly three years in office behind his considerably more brash and flamboyant boss.
Pence, 60, a former Indiana governor and congressman, has a natural advantage heading into 2024 — his daily working relationship with Trump, whom more than 90% of Republicans support.
But Pence, a cautious career politician, has none of Trump’s bravado and bluster, which makes the president so endearing to supporters.