(WFXR) — There is speculation circulating about the possibility of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin placing a bid for the 2024 presidential election following his recent trip to Nebraska, where he was a key speaker at the GOP convention.
Reports say the governor’s team is denying it, but Youngkin seems to be headed in the right direction when it comes to running for president in 2024, starting with his speech in Nebraska last weekend.
“What Youngkin was doing by going to Nebraska, because he’s right in Iowa media market,” explained Dr. Karen Hult, a political science professor at Virginia Tech. “Now it looks as though Iowa may well maintain its first election race in the nomination phase of the 2024 campaign. Those are the Iowa caucuses.”
She adds that Youngkin also helped campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Nebraska.
“If Gov. Youngkin is trying to get the buzz started on what he can bring to the Republican party, that probably was a pretty smart way to do it,” said Hult.
According to Hult, we’re in the middle of what political scientists call the ‘early primary,’ where candidates start to lay their foundation.
However, she tells WFXR News that the one thing Youngkin is lacking compared to other candidates is name recognition outside of Virginia.
“He hasn’t gotten the national name recognition, at least to the extent of, say, former Secretary of State Pompeo or Gov. DeSantis of Florida or lots of Gov. Abbott in Texas, so those are also people that are going to be running for the Republican nomination,” said Hult.
On top of that, Youngkin is only halfway through his first year as the 74th governor of Virginia.
“One could also imagine what Youngkin is thinking about, in the longer run, is running for a U.S. Senate seat after he leaves the governorship, and maybe being a vice-presidential nominee for whoever is elected as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024,” said Hult.
WFXR News reached out to U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) — who served as the 69th and 70th governors of Virginia, respectively, before joining Congress — but neither one was able to comment at this time.