And 4! Republican candidates for the 2024 US presidential election face off on Wednesday in a new debate, snubbed by favorite Donald Trump 40 days before the party’s first primaries.
As he had done for the three previous broadcasts, the former president chose not to participate in the televised meeting, due, according to him, to his dizzying lead in the polls.
This show is, however, an important step on the long road to the White House. From January 15, the Republican candidates for the 2024 election will face each other in a series of primaries: they will start in Iowa, a rural state in the Midwest, before continuing in a few weeks the polls in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and a big electoral deadline in early March.
The legal setbacks of Donald Trump / Olivia BUGAULT, Sophie RAMIS / AFP
The winner of these primaries, officially dubbed by the Republican Party in July, will face the Democratic candidate, most likely President Joe Biden, in the election next November.
Despite his four indictments, Donald Trump is currently crushing the race among the Republicans, hovering around 61% in voting intentions. He relies on a base which remains largely loyal to him and supports him staunchly in his troubles with the law. The septuagenarian also undoubtedly benefits from the enormous political and media attention devoted to his setbacks.
Haley, at the heart of the attacks
Meeting in Alabama on Wednesday, a very conservative state in the South of the country, four of his Republican opponents will try to capture some of the light on Wednesday.
Starting with Nikki Haley, 51, the new darling of the American right, whose performances were particularly noted during the three previous debates.
The candidacy of this former governor of South Carolina is increasingly attracting the establishment and very wealthy Republican donors – a significant help in a country where political campaigns are won with billions of dollars.
Former United States Ambassador to the UN and candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Nikki Haley, during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, July 28, 2023 / Sergio FLORES / AFP/Archives
Donald Trump’s former American ambassador to the UN stood out in particular with a more moderate speech than her rivals on abortion, well aware that her party has suffered a series of disappointments on this subject since the cancellation of constitutional protection. of the right to abortion in the country.
This theme is likely to weigh heavily during the American presidential election.
In opinion polls, the fifty-year-old is now hot on the heels of Ron DeSantis, once seen as the party’s rising star, but whose popularity has plummeted in recent months.
The governor of Florida, taking shocking positions on LGBT+ issues or immigration, is accused of a lack of charisma. He is now behind Donald Trump by more than 48 points, according to poll aggregator RealClearPolitics.
The whole challenge for Ron DeSantis will therefore be to stop Nikki Haley’s dynamic, to prevent her candidacy from completely collapsing before the first ballots even begin.
Climate skeptic entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, one of the few to criticize Donald Trump openly, will complete the bill Wednesday evening on the NewsNation channel.