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As the contest for the Republican nomination for president heats up, a popular congressman has given his coveted endorsement to the top contender.
Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has endorsed former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
“No one has demonstrated that they will do what they said and get things done like he did, and he did it with everyone in that town against him. And that’s what I still respect about President Trump, and I’m for him all the way,” Jordan said when asked about the Republican primary contest.
“I just talked to Vice President Pence. Great guy … Governor DeSantis, a great guy. When we formed the Freedom Caucus, there were nine of us. He was one of the nine. But I am 100% for President Trump,” the congressman said.
“As of Friday, August 18, 10 senators and more than 70 House members have announced they’re backing Trump in 2024 or expressed support for his bid, even as he faces criminal charges in New York. Just two governors have endorsed the former president,” Business Insider reported.
“Trump was the first major Republican to announce a 2024 candidacy, but a majority of his party hasn’t rallied behind him. Most elected Republicans say they want to wait to see who else enters the race, or that it’s too early to make a decision. As president, Trump maintained an ironclad grip over the Republican party. Even after his term — and an unprecedented assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, by a crowd of his supporters — he’s shown an ability to influence Republican primary voters and exact retribution upon his intraparty foes,” the outlet added.
Jordan told Breitbart even before Trump officially announced his campaign that the former president is the “right candidate” for 2024.
“America is going to be much better off if President Trump is our nominee. And if he wins, and that’s what I’m for. I’ve been for that. Since he left on January 20th, I wanted him to run in 2024. I think he’s going to. I think he is the right candidate,” Jordan told Breitbart during an interview in July 2022.
Jordan recalled the Trump administration’s use of a whiteboard to catalog the fulfillment of Trump’s campaign promises.
“We have never had a president who did more of what he said he would do than President Trump,” he remarked, “and I remember early on, when I was in the White House, they’re in the West Wing in one of the offices. They had a whiteboard on the wall, and literally, they had every single policy and every single promise that President Trump made to the American people in the campaign of 2016 … and they were literally just checking them off as he did them.”
Trump is leading Biden in several swing states, according to polling data from Echelon Insights published in early July.
The survey “found that 48% of respondents in swing states would probably or definitely vote for Trump, compared to just 41% for Biden. Though Biden is narrowly favored overall by likely voters, with 43% favoring him compared to 42% for Trump, the Republican front-runner could win 270 Electoral College votes by seizing the swing states,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Additionally, when considering the challenger Cornel West from the Green Party, Biden’s grip on the overall vote is also not guaranteed. The poll reveals that West has the potential to attract a substantial portion of Biden’s liberal voters, potentially enough to tilt the majority of the ballot in favor of Trump.
“When taking West into consideration, Biden’s share of the vote drops to 42%, with West taking 4% of the vote. Trump emerges triumphant with 43% of the vote,” the Examiner added. “Trump’s lead in swing states is further solidified when West is involved as well. Trump’s share remains at 48%, while Biden’s drops to 40%.”
West can play a decisive role in the overall outcome of next year’s race if he decides to stay in as a third-party candidate.
“There is always a danger a third-party candidate can impact the Electoral College results, particularly if they receive enough votes in a battleground state or states to change the outcome,” University of Akron (Ohio) political science Prof. David B. Cohen told Newsweek. “In a close election, Cornel West could well be a spoiler.”
He noted further: “There is no evidence to suggest that the 2024 election will be anything but a very close election decided by razor-thin margins, which means that a third-party candidate could have an outsized influence in the result.”
The Examiner noted further: “Biden’s fortunes would be even worse if artist Taylor Swift decided to run as an independent candidate, with the poll finding that she would win 7% of the vote, mostly poaching votes off Biden. Her entrance into the race would send Biden’s share of the vote in swing states down to 38%. In that case, Trump would take 43% of the overall vote, compared to Biden’s 41%.”