But these senior Republicans and others are stuck in political limbo as Trump takes his time announcing his own plans. When asked whether or not he plans to show up in 2024 in recent interviews, Trump objected and said people “would be happy” with his decision.
Behind the scenes, however, Trump began to lay the groundwork for an offer. Earlier this month, he hired two agents in Iowa – Eric Branstad and Alexander Latcham – to cover a “broad political portfolio focused on advancing Save America’s goals of electing strong, pro-Trump, America First conservatives,” according to a spokesperson.
Trump mentioned his intention to travel to Iowa during an appearance on the right-wing Todd Starnes radio show on Monday. Several Trump aides have confirmed plans are underway. Whether or not Trump decides to participate in the race will also have no bearing on the Iowa GOP caucus. When asked if the caucus would still be open even if Trump decided to run, Iowa GOP spokesman Kollin Crompton replied “yes, absolutely.”
Trump has also said he will travel to Georgia, where he is expected to rally supporters and protest Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, whom he blamed for his 2020 defeat in the state. Trump’s PAC Save America last week commissioned a poll that shows Kemp on shaky ground in a GOP primary.
In 2016, Trump lost the Iowa GOP caucus to Cruz and accused the Texas senator of committing fraud (no evidence remains). Trump won Iowa in the general election. In 2020, Trump won Iowa between 53.1% and 44.9%.
The dates and order of the 2024 presidential primaries have not been set, but a sign that Iowa will continue to lead the pack with the first caucus, Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann has been appointed head of the GOP Presidential Nomination Process Committee.