Republican presidential candidate and conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy’s team believes that by late 2023, he could rise in the polls and overtake Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to be the main challenger to former President Donald Trump, according to a campaign memo released Wednesday.
Ben Yoho, chief executive officer for Vivek 2024, believes that Ramaswamy could jump to the second or third slot in the polls by the end of the year, and will become the main opposition to Trump, Yoho wrote in the memo. Yoho believes DeSantis will falter as tensions continue between the governor and former president, which will allow for Ramaswamy to slide in.
“As Trump and DeSantis continue to destroy each other over the summer and into the fall, GOP voters will be looking for a third alternative who is an outsider and embraces the Trump/America First agenda,” said Yoho. “By early 2024, GOP Primary voters will have a clear choice between President Trump and the memories of America First 1.0, or Vivek Ramaswamy and the promise of America First 2.0.”
In Iowa, Ramaswamy holds 2.6% support from likely GOP voters, according to an April 14 Victory Insights poll. In New Hampshire, the businessman garnered 3% support from likely Republican voters, according to an April 19 University of New Hampshire poll.
Democrats can be the party of the professional politician. When it comes to the White House, Republicans should be the party of the outsider. pic.twitter.com/fCjONeATAK
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) April 26, 2023
Ramaswamy — like Trump — isn’t a career politician, and 75% of Republican voters “prefer an outsider,” according to the memo. Yoho said that he will be able to take the “America First mantle” further than the former president.
“In contrast to Trump, Vivek will go even further based on first principles and moral conviction, in the tradition of President Reagan, rather than through vengeance, grievance, and victimhood,” said Yoho. (RELATED: ‘He Got It From Me’: Vivek Ramaswamy Claims Ron DeSantis Is Copying Him In Shot At Florida Gov)
Ramaswamy’s “America First” agenda paired with his fundraising operation, which Yoho describes as his “hidden advantage” could lead him to the GOP nomination, according to the memo. The businessman has already raised $1 million in small-dollar donations since his February launch, with more than 20,000 individual donors, and has almost as much cash on hand as the former president, according to the memo.
“Vivek 2024 is quietly positioned to win early primaries and shock the world,” the memo reads.
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