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Why Rick Scott’s journey to New Hampshire was actually extra about 2022 than 2024

GILFORD, N.H. – Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s jam-packed someday journey to New Hampshire this weekend naturally sparked hypothesis in regards to the former two-term Florida governor’s potential nationwide ambitions.

However whereas pundits see Scott as a attainable 2024 GOP presidential contender, the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman’s Saturday stops within the state that for a century held the primary presidential major have been laser targeted on the 2022 midterm elections reasonably than the subsequent White Home race.

I’m targeted on the Senate,” Scott mentioned in an interview with Fox Information. 


Republicans want a internet acquire of only one seat in subsequent yr’s midterms to regain the Senate majority they misplaced within the 2020 election cycle. They’re taking part in loads of protection – the GOP is defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs, together with 5 seats the place Republican senators are retiring, with two of them in the important thing battlegrounds of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. 

However Republicans see sturdy pickup alternatives to flip a blue Senate seat crimson within the swing states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire, if they’ll recruit widespread Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to problem Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, his predecessor as governor.

Scott and Sununu briefly chatted forward of a Belknap County GOP occasion and fundraiser, the place the governor launched the senator, who gave the keynote deal with.

“I hope he runs for the Senate and I’m going to do my finest to get him there,” Scott mentioned. “I believe he’s going to do it.”

Earlier Saturday Scott took half in a “Save Our Paychecks” occasion in Manchester organized by the conservative group Heritage Motion. The senator additionally held non-public conferences throughout the afternoon with Republican leaders within the Granite State, which in line with sources have been principally in regards to the 2022 midterms reasonably than the subsequent GOP presidential nomination race.


A visit by Scott in early April to Iowa – the state whose caucuses kick off the presidential nominating calendar – additionally sparked hypothesis. However Iowa may even have a doubtlessly aggressive Senate race subsequent yr if longtime GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley decides towards working for reelection. 

For years, potential White Home hopefuls have traveled to the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, to assist members of their get together working within the midterm elections, in hopes of constructing mates in these key states that would pay dividends within the ensuing presidential nomination race. 

Hypothesis over Scott’s future nationwide ambitions have been first sparked early final yr, when he ran adverts in Iowa focusing on then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden within the weeks forward of the 2020 caucuses. 

Requested a couple of potential White Home run, Scott instructed Fox Information on Saturday that “I’ll fear about ’24 in ’23 and ’24” and emphasised that “I’ve no plans to run for president.”

And spotlighting his busy journey schedule, the senator mentioned “this week I used to be in 5 states, I believe. A part of my job is to journey and speak to potential donors and candidates.”

The opposite Scott’s additionally coming to New Hampshire

There are two Republicans within the Senate named Scott.

And the opposite one – Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina – can be seen by political pundits as a possible GOP 2024 White Home hopeful.

Tim Scott, the one Black Republican within the Senate and a rising star within the GOP who was chosen earlier this yr to present his get together’s response to President Joe Biden’s first joint deal with to Congress, in April made a political cease in Iowa.


Now, Scott’s coming to New Hampshire, to headline a significant state GOP fundraising occasion, on October eight in Manchester.

The invitation for Scott to headline the New Hampshire GOP fundraiser isn’t any shock. State get together chair Steve Stepanek instructed Fox Information in Could that “I’m going to be watching Sen. Scott as a result of I believe nice issues are earlier than him… We’d like to have him up right here.”

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican in the Senate and a rising star in the GOP, on June 28, 2021 launched his 2022 re-election campaign. 

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the one Black Republican within the Senate and a rising star within the GOP, on June 28, 2021 launched his 2022 re-election marketing campaign.  (@votetimscott/Twitter)

Whereas the New Hampshire journey will insert Scott additional into the 2024 dialogue, he first faces reelection subsequent yr again residence in South Carolina. Scott hauled in a watch popping $9.6 million within the April-June second quarter of fundraising this yr, greater than every other GOP senator, in one other signal of his rising stature and recognition inside his get together.

Noem in South Carolina on Monday

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, an ally of former President Trump who’s additionally seen as a possible 2024 White Home hopeful if Trump doesn’t run once more, heads to South Carolina on Monday.

Noem will converse on the “Religion and Freedom BBQ” in Anderson, South Carolina. The occasion is described as one of many largest annual gatherings within the state that votes third within the GOP presidential nominating calendar.


Noem made the quick journey to neighboring Iowa final month, to talk together with former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a summit hosted by the Household Chief, an influential social conservative group. And she or he spoke remotely earlier within the yr to a crowd of influential conservative leaders and activists in New Hampshire.

New 2024 cattle name in Palmetto State

The South Carolina Republican Get together is launching a brand new semi-annual convention in a transfer to draw extra potential GOP presidential contenders.

The inaugural occasion, titled the “First within the South Republican Motion Convention,” is scheduled to be held in Myrtle Seashore Oct. 29-31. Organizers say the confab is modeled after the Conservative Political Motion Convention, identified by its acronym CPAC, which is the biggest annual gathering of activists and leaders on the appropriate.

“South Carolina’s first within the South place shouldn’t be one thing we take evenly. It is vital to us and vital to our voters,” South Carolina GOP chair Drew McKissick mentioned in an announcement. “We’re trying ahead to internet hosting this convention, getting of us excited and ready for the upcoming election cycles, and reminding everybody you possibly can’t make it to the White Home with out stopping in South Carolina.” 

Pence holds donor retreat

The previous vice chairman was in Jackson Gap, Wyoming, per week in the past, to host a donor retreat for his not too long ago fashioned nonprofit group Advancing American Freedom. 


The 2 day gathering – Pence’s first because the finish of the Trump administration – additionally included audio system similar to Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Republican Governors Affiliation chair Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona.

Information of the invitation-only retreat was first reported by Politico and confirmed by Fox Information.


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