Reports this week have suggested that Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin is delaying his potential presidential run in 2024. The decision comes as Youngkin instead focuses his efforts on helping his party perform well in the upcoming legislative elections in Virginia.
Speaking about his future ambitions, Youngkin stated, “I am wholly focused on the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I’m looking forward to these elections.”
Despite being seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, Youngkin has so far failed to gain much traction in the polls. In fact, he has yet to crack 1% in surveys of potential Republican candidates.
To compound matters, Youngkin’s top advisers have also left to work for a super PAC that supports Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Many political observers believe that DeSantis is gearing up for a presidential run, although he has not yet made any official announcement.
Given the current state of play, it remains to be seen whether Youngkin will emerge as a credible candidate for the presidency in 2024. For now, however, he seems content to focus on Virginia and help his party win crucial victories in November.