Former Vice President Mike Pence is preparing to run again in two years.
But Pence’s decision may not be what everyone thinks.
And Mike Pence is looking at a 2024 announcement that no one saw coming.
Mike Pence released a campaign book, “So Help Me God,” which is a step that prospective presidential candidates always take.
But there is very little evidence Republican voters are clamoring for a Mike Pence 2024 presidential campaign.
The Real Clear Politics polling average of the very early 2024 GOP nomination surveys show Mike Pence earning just seven percent in a hypothetical primary.
Pence is stuck in no-man’s land in the Republican Party.
Never Trumpers hate Pence because he agreed to serve in the Trump administration and never renounced Donald Trump following January 6.
Trump supporters have no time for Pence over the fact that Pence refused to reject the certified Electoral College results.
The Constitution did not permit Pence to take such an action.
Pence left room open not to run for president saying he was waiting to see if there was a calling for him to run in 2024.
And some sources close to Pence told Newsmax that Pence could consider the Senate seat in Indiana that opened up after incumbent Republican Mike Braun vacated to run for governor.
But sources close to Pence noted to Newsmax that the sudden decision by Braun changes the calculus for Pence and offers him a race that is winnable — which can’t be said at this time of the presidential nomination.
“Mike is a very long shot with Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, and others running,” said one Indiana GOP officeholder who requested anonymity. “But if he ran for the Senate, he’d clear the field and probably win with ease in November.”
Pence and his inner circle have not yet ruled out a Senate run. A source close to Pence told us that he had a conversation with a GOP member of Indiana’s U.S. House delegation last month about the possibility of Braun relinquishing his seat.
If Pence ran for Senate, he would instantly clear the field and win the general election in dance.
But would Pence be willing to humble himself and subsume his ego to drop out of the presidential race to run for Senate?
Pence will likely enter the presidential race at some point in 2023.
That would give Pence some time to run for president, participate in some debates, and see if his campaign could gain any altitude.
That is unlikely to happen as Pence has no natural base in the GOP.
And that would allow Pence to drop out of the race before losing badly in Iowa and New Hampshire and entering the Senate race.
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