Former President Donald Trump is all but certain to cast his name for the 2024 presidency.
However, few GOP senators want to see him as the party's frontrunner, Politico reported.
The incoming midterm results are also putting Trump's hold on the GOP in question.
Only a handful of incumbent Republican senators want to see Donald Trump in the White House again, according to Politico.
One Republican senator told Politico's Politics Bureau Chief Jonathan Martin that, at max, just five out of the 50 current senators would want Trump as the GOP's frontrunner. The senator was not named in the report but was described as "no Trump antagonist," according to Martin.
Trump is likely to announce a 2024 presidential campaign as early as next week. On Monday, he teased at a Dayton, Ohio, rally that he would make a "very big announcement" on November 15.
But the GOP's performance in the midterms, along with the baggage that Trump comes with given the myriad of investigations circling the former president, has many Republicans in and outside the Capitol questioning his viability for a second term.
In July, two GOP senators anonymously told The Hill that the January 6 hearings investigating the Capitol riot were damaging Trump's prospects.
One senator told The Hill at the time that it would be a "good thing" if Trump didn't run given the "cascade of events" that were detailed in the testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Hutchinson testified publicly in June that Trump lunged at his Secret Service on the day of the riot.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has increasingly distanced himself from Trump, also suggested there's room for other candidates.
"I think we're going to have a crowded field for president," McConnell said in July.
As the midterm results indicated that a "red wave" had not materialized by early Wednesday morning, Republican analysts and former members of Trump's circle were quick to interpret the outcome as a rebuke against the former president's influence on conservative voters.
"How could you look at these results tonight and conclude Trump has any chance of winning a national election in 2024?" Scott Jennings, a conservative analyst and advisor to McConnell, said.
Caleb Hull, a pro-Trump communications strategist, tweeted on Tuesday that it was time for a "Republican overhaul" and raised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the "new head of the party."
"I LOVED Trump and campaigned for him in 2016 but the guy has lost his mind and attached (sic) everyone in our party far too much to be a serious face going forward. The COVID-19 briefings did him in and now he's sealed it. Time to move on," he wrote.
—Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 9, 2022
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