As predictions about the potential field for the 2024 presidential election continue to heat up, a new report from the Washington Post suggests that Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin may be among those preparing to throw his hat into the ring.
Less than a year after his successful campaign for the governor’s mansion in Richmond, Youngkin is said to have held meetings with GOP mega donors in recent weeks, according to the Post, and he is also slated to headline the Nebraska Republican Party’s state convention in the coming days, as D.C. ABC affiliate station WJLA reports.
In response to reports that Youngkin may already have political ambitions that stretch beyond the Commonwealth, one of his senior advisers issued a statement saying, “Governor Youngkin has been 100% focused on delivering for Virginians, most recently with his signing of a budget with historic $4 billion in tax cuts.”
“The governor started a movement in Virginia that has spanned across the country. As he has said he will keep that momentum going to help Republicans win here in Virginia, as well as Republican candidates around the country flip blue states red this fall,” the adviser added.
Youngkin may be hoping to capitalize on the momentum he build during his victorious battle last November against former Virginia Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe, which came as a shock to many observers who had doubts about the prospects of a veritable political newcomer, particularly of a conservative in a state where over 54% of voters supported Joe Biden for president in 2020.
Though Youngkin campaigned for governor by highlighting his laser focus on the issues facing Virginians, he has been spending more time recently highlighting the challenges currently confronting Americans of all stripes.
When asked directly whether he is contemplating a White House run, Youngkin asserted that the concerns of Virginians remain his top priority, telling Fox News recently, “I am always hunbled by this request, but we have a lot of work to do today in Virginia,” according to RedState.
Network host Brian Kilmeade, not content to accept that answer, pressed Youngkin for a more concrete response, to which the governor replied, “I have not made a decision yet.”
The reports about Youngkin come as many Republicans await a decision from former President Donald Trump as to whether he will mount a campaign in 2024, and other potential GOP hopefuls, including former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are prompting all sorts of speculation of their own as they also survey the electoral landscape.