(TargetLiberty.org) – Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah.) has been pushing Republican donors to urge those Republican presidential candidates who are long-shot candidates to consider leaving the presidential race before February so that former President Donald Trump does not try to win the nomination in a crowded field.
Many of those who are opposing the possibility of Trump being the Republican nominee for a third year have expressed concerns about how a crowded primary field would divide Trump’s non-supporters among several other candidates, making it hard for someone to emerge victorious against Trump.
In most polls about the primary race, Trump is winning by a rather large margin. On Monday, Romney wrote an op-ed that was published in the Wall Street Journal. In it, he claimed that party donors should push candidates who are unlikely to win the presidential race to drop out before February 2024.
Romney specifically wrote that no-hope candidates did not have any incentive to remain in the race after February. He added that potentially coming in second place could potentially have some value to the candidates, and could give them enough relevance to join the presidential race again in four years. He also referenced former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu who had previously said that it was fun to be in the presidential race if you knew there was no chance you would win.
However, as Romney argued in this case, if these candidates remain in the presidential race, then all they will achieve is splitting the non-Trump vote. As a result, Trump would undoubtedly win the nomination.
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