Rumored to be the new Republican dark horse, Sen. Tim Scott could be making a play for the party’s top slot in 2024. According to Politico, GOP mega-donors could be eye-ing Scott as a potential investment.
With 2022 midterms around the corner, there’s no guarantee Scott is even considering a presidential run. But the junior Senator from South Carolina is lining up donors that could signal a power play in the future.
As much as southern Republicans like to fearmonger about out-of-state liberal money, they have no problem chasing out-of-state donors of their own. Scott reportedly met with Larry Ellison in Hawaii.
The billionaire co-founder of Oracle, Ellison, has donated millions to a Super PAC supporting Scott’s interest. Another billionaire donor, Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, donated $1 million to the Scott Super PAC.
While Super PACs cannot coordinate directly with candidates, they can spend funds during the election cycle. Politico noted that Scott’s campaign committee raised more than any Senate incumbent up for re-election in 2022 in both parties.
Positioning Scott as a potential contender could also be the party hedging its bets. After all, a party focused on a racist culture war needs some diversity to balance things out.
And Scott has already become the poster boy for the “no Republicans aren’t racist campaign.” Earlier this year, Scott gave the rebuttal to President Joe Biden‘s first joint address to Congress.
Who better to counter Biden calling out America’s racism than a Black man from South Carolina. It’s the state thought to have handed Biden the Democratic nomination.
Back in April, NewsOne reported on Scott’s attempted kumbaya moment. Responding to the president, Scott used his personal experience to distract viewers from the bigger picture.
He didn’t actually deal with the issues still facing the country today.
Whether coordinated efforts to restrict voting access or deny teaching about America’s racism, Republicans obstruct progress in the present day.
But still, Scott could break into the 2024 primary season as a major contender. Scott is an experienced statesman with the appearance of bipartisan negotiating skills.
He worked alongside Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Karen Bass to broker a bipartisan deal on police reform. With such experiences, Scott could easily be positioned as a reasonable alternative to candidates like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time major donors were out of step with the party’s base in a primary. And raising top dollars isn’t everything.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush had the most underwhelming performance in the 2016 Republican Primary. The man had two presidents in his family, and more than $100 million was raised to support him. But Jeb never got close to the nomination.
Also, some mega-donors may make donations to cover their bases. Taking a meeting or even cutting a check doesn’t mean a donor is all in with a particular candidate.
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