The DNC is gathering opposition research into possible GOP challengers in 2024, including Tucker Carlson and Mike Lindell, report says

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A composite image of Fox News host Tucker Carlson and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Fox News; Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • DNC officials are drawing up a list of potential challengers to Joe Biden, Politico reported.

  • It contains Republicans long rumored to be challengers, as well as political outsiders.

  • The DNC officials expect the GOP field to be crowded if Trump doesn't one, Politico reported.

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The Democratic National Committee has started compiling political-opposition research dossiers on possible Republican presidential candidates in 2024, and it contains some unusual names, Politico reported.

The officials have drawn up a list of 49 Republicans who could run for the presidency in 2024, according to the outlet's Tuesday newsletter.

Opposition research is used to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities, as well as strengths, in a potential challenger that can then be used to defeat them.

Among the list are some names that are already being touted as plausible Republican Party candidates, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, political reported.

But with the DNC team reportedly mindful of Trump's successful 2016 campaign as a political outsider, they are also compiling information on some less conventional potential candidates - including Fox News host Tucker Carlson and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, per Politico.

All of those names are allies of former President Donald Trump, showing the influence he still has over the direction of the GOP.

Trump has long teased another presidential run in 2024, but if he decides not to run the officials believe the field of candidates will be crowded, Politico reported.

Carlson is Fox News' top-rated host and previously an informal advisor to Trump. In recent months his rhetoric has been increasingly extreme, with the host openly endorsing a white nationalist conspiracy theory and pushing conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines.

Insider last year reported on growing support aiming top GOP donors for a long-shot Carlson White House bid, with the host being one of the most influential voices in US conservatism.

Lindell was one of Trump's staunchest allies in the business community, and pushed a series of outlandish conspiracy theories as he supported Trump's bid to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump broke with tradition in launching his reelection campaign days after taking office in 2017. Biden will likely take the more conventional route, if he seeks reelection, of announcing his candidacy the year before the election.

Biden said in March that he has an "expectation" to run for reelection in 2024 alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, but did not fully commit to it.

But there is a lot of time to go before then, with the midterms to take place in 2022 where Democrats will face a tough battle to maintain their control of Congress.

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