Potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates are already start the process to build support for a potential race, just six months after the last election. A few potential candidates have met with members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), which is the “conservative” caucus of the Republican House Conference.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have met with RSC before, and more are expected to do so in the near future.

Cotton discussed the rise in illegal immigration, and Christie urged Republicans to get tough on President Joe Biden.

Christie also blamed former President Donald Trump for the GOP’s loss of the House and Senate in the 2020 election, according to The Hill.

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The beginnings of 2024, already

The RSC will host some names on the list possibilities for 2024.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join the RSC this week at a press conference on Iran.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are also scheduled for upcoming meetings with the group.

Some Republicans are on the same page with Governor Christie. They want to keep the popular message and the policies of the Trump administration without Trump himself, essentially “Trumpism without Trump”.

President of the RSC Jim Banks (R-IN), said in an interview with NPR that Trump is doing well with working class voters, and that is something the GOP must hold onto for the future:

“All the statistics and polls from the 2020 election show that Donald Trump did better with these voters at every level than any Republican in my life since Ronald Reagan. And if Republicans want to be successful as a party, gain a majority in 2022, win back the White House in 2024, I think we need to learn the lessons Donald Trump taught us and how to attract those voters.

The Hill reports that some RSC members, like Jason Smith from Missouri, want Trump invited to speak to the group.

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Testing the waters

The RSC seems to be the go-to place for 2024 presidential candidates. Many of these candidates are waiting to see if Donald Trump decides to run.

At least one potential candidate, Nikki Haley, has said he shouldn’t be running if Trump throws his hat in the ring.

The Republican Party has developed a visible divide between what is considered the “establishment” wing of the party, made up of members like Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

But a new breed of Republicans like the representatives. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) who are not afraid to speak up and take more strident positions have come to the fore and are popular with Republican voters.

For those planning to run for the White House in 2024, the one thing that should reveal who really has the most influence on the Republican Party is that none of them who have met the RSC or who intends to meet, only move forward until they know Donald Trump’s plans for 2024.

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