The GOP is entering 2023 far more divided than it had been a year ago when they had a common goal of retaking the House and Congress. With the presidential elections in 2024, there are many questions regarding who will be the next GOP candidate.
Former President Trump, who has previously had a lot of control over the GOP, has seen his influence weaken following the midterm elections. Trump continues to be the only candidate to have officially launched his 2024 campaign, however, that does not mean that people are not looking for alternative candidates.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is also facing a lot of pushback as many conservatives and party leaders do not want to see her lead for another term.
Discontent has also made its way to Congress, with the Republicans only having won the House with a handful of seats while failing to secure the Senate. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has so far failed to ensure that he will be able to win all of the necessary votes in order to become the next House Speaker. This is after many conservative Representatives have refused to state their approval of McCarthy or have downright said that they would not be voting for him.
Dan Eberhart, a GOP donor and fundraiser has said that all of the tension and attacks in the GOP “aren’t helping the party reset after the midterms.” He added that all the infighting makes the party look weaker, but it is potentially a necessary step for reinvigorating the “party for the 2024 contest.”