Former White House strategist Steve Bannon recently shared insights about former President Donald Trump’s upcoming campaign and challenges for the next year.
During a segment on his “War Room” podcast, Bannon predicted that the former president will face intense political warfare in the 2024 general election.
“We need to be prepared; we have a tough fight ahead,” Bannon remarked. He highlighted the primary, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and potential donor resistance as obstacles Trump might encounter before the general election. Bannon also suggested that there could be a change in the Democratic nominee, adding that the general election would be a battle of political strategies.
Bannon, on his “War Room” podcast, expressed his support for Arizona Republican Kari Lake as a potential running mate for Trump in the 2024 GOP primary. If Lake is not available, he mentioned the possibility of 2024 Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., becoming Trump’s running mate.
Trump is leading in early primary states, specifically South Carolina. He won the state by a 10-point margin in 2016, and according to a recent poll by Fox Business, he is currently leading by a substantial 34-point margin.
The poll, released by Fox Business, showed that nearly half of South Carolina’s likely Republican primary voters support Trump (48%). Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley received 14% support, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got 13%, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott secured 10%. Trump’s support was strong among very conservative voters, those under 45, voters without a college degree, rural voters, and White evangelicals.
Trump’s primary supporters also revealed their second-choice candidates, with DeSantis (33%) being the top pick, followed by Scott (17%) and Haley (15%).
On the other hand, a recent Newsweek tracker poll indicated that major Democratic concerns such as abortion and the environment are not top priorities for a majority of Americans. The economy was identified as the most critical issue by 60% of respondents, with 48% stating they were financially worse off than three years ago. Healthcare (33%), immigration (28%), and policing and crime (24%) were the next significant concerns.
The poll results highlighted that economic issues are central to public concerns, potentially indicating challenges for the Democratic Party and President Joe Biden in the upcoming campaign cycle.