(DCWatchdog.com) – Republican US Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina may be mulling a candidacy for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, reports speculate based on his plans to visit Iowa, the first state to vote in the caucuses and primaries.
Scott will travel to Iowa for the annual Lincoln Dinner of the Republican Party of Polk County in West Des Moines on February 22, the local GOP website reveals in an event listing.
The listing features a short biography of the Republican US Senator, who grew up in poverty with a single parent, and dwells on his “Opportunity Agenda.”
“As a leader on tax reform, education and job training, and innovative ideas to reinvest in our nation’s distressed communities, United States Senator Tim Scott brings a unique perspective to the United States Senate,” the Iowa Republican Party said on its website.
“Growing up mired in poverty in a single-parent household, Tim says that he is living his mother’s American Dream, and through his Opportunity Agenda works every single day to ensure every American family has the opportunity to succeed,” it added.
Scott is known as an ally of former President Donald Trump, who announced his 2024 presidential candidacy in November.
However, the South Carolina US senator’s new Iowa visit has hyped speculations that he might also run for the Republican presidential nomination, The Hill reported, as cited by Newsmax.
It is noted that Sen. Tim Scott already made numerous trips to Iowa last year, while other potential GOP candidates have gone to another early primary state, New Hampshire.
Last week, a public opinion poll by Premise showed that former President Donald Trump remains the favorite for the 2024 Republican nomination, with 59% support among GOP voters.
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis was ranked second with 24% support, while the other potential bidders polled in the single digits: former Vice President Mike Pence at 8%, Texas US Sen. Ted Cruz at 2%, former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at 2%, and former Wyoming US Rep. Liz Cheney also at 2%.
South Carolina US Senator Tim Scott was supported by 1% of the Republican respondents.
Another public opinion survey by Harvard CAPS and Harris Polls earlier in January put Trump’s Republican voter support at 48%, while DeSantis was ranked second with 28%.
The speculations that Sen. Tim Scott might run for the Republican nomination come after, on Saturday, Trump held the first event of his 2024 presidential campaign in the former’s home state of South Carolina.
The former president spoke before an audience of 200 people in the state Capitol in South Carolina’s capital Columbia. He was accompanied by the state’s other US senator, Lindsey Graham.
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