Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will be heading to Iowa in February, fueling suspicions that he may throw his hat into the ring and run for president in 2024.
Scott will attend the Polk County Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner on February 22 in West Des Moines, Iowa. This move has led many political pundits to suggest that he may be gearing up for a potential bid in 2024. Polk County, which houses the capital city of Des Moines, is the most populous in Iowa.
The eyes of the nation will fall on Iowa in early 2024 for the Iowa Caucus, the start of a highly anticipated race for the White House. Many potential presidential candidates have visited Iowa from as early as 2021, including former Vice President Mike Pence (R-IN), former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R-CA). Former President Donald Trump (R-FL) is the only candidate to formally announce his campaign after doing so in November 2022.
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This will not be Scott's first time visiting the Buckeye state, as he visited Iowa three times in 2022 to help campaign for Republican candidates in the midterm election. Additionally, he visited the state of New Hampshire, the site of the first presidential primary of the 2024 cycle, three times over the last two years.
Scott, who has continually been one of the Republican Party's top fundraisers, has remained non-committal on whether or not he would run in 2024. He alluded to a potential presidential run during his Senate re-election victory celebration in November 2022. When discussing a time he took his grandfather to vote in 2012, Scott recalled, “I wish he had lived long enough to see perhaps another man of color elected president of the United States, but this time let it be a Republican.” Scott has also stated that his current term in the US Senate will be his final term in the Senate, opening the door to a potential presidential run.