A DC insider has predicted who could succeed Donald Trump as the next Republican nominee for president - and it’s not who you’d expect.

Journalist David Drucker’s new book, In Trump’s Shadow, looks closely the Republican party’s direction.

In it, he suggested who might be the most and least likely candidates to replace former President Donald Trump as the GOP pick - if he decides not to run in 2024.

A review of the book from Daniel Gullotta of the conservative news outlet The Bulwark mentions statements relayed by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in conversation with Axios when he expressed some doubt over Trump’s potential next run in the 2024 election.

Cassidy pointed out that Mr Trump was the first president for Republicans to lose “the House, Senate, and presidency in four years.”

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Candidates whom Drucker doesn’t believe will have a “serious shot or unlikely to even try.” But through an educated guess, the politicians would be: “Josh Hawley, Ron DeSantis, Kristi Noem, Liz Cheney,” among other people.

When it comes to who would have a chance of moving forward, Drucker believes “Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, and Marco Rubio” will be the top candidates.

Drucker also named the person he sees as the primary choice—Mike Pence.

Gullota wrote in his review: “Somewhat surprisingly, in Drucker’s estimation, Mike Pence is the most underrated of Trump’s many possible heirs; Drucker highlights the former vice president’s under-appreciated Machiavellianism and his role in filling in the gap of Trump’s agenda with his own messaging and issues.”

Gullotta also noted that “Trump still looms large” and “seems eager to run” for president again.

“In Trump’s mind, this would be not a rematch but rather a campaign of restitution, as he maintains that the 2020 election was rigged against him,” he added.

Read Daniel Gullota’s book review here.

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