Republican Party groups across the nation are being torn by infighting and rebellions as the 2024 presidential race kicks into gear.
Operatives, activists, and party officials report being consumed by the fighting. Some officials and strategists said could damage the party’s chances of winning back the White House.
Grassroots battles, especially in the small handful of states that remain truly competitive, are now being closely examined for the first time.
Some strategists and officials warned the spectacle of a party at war with itself in electoral battlegrounds and early primary states risks turning off voters and donors.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, Republican activists want to recapture the party from a local leader who backs former President Donald Trump’s false election fraud claims. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a battle for control of the local Republican party’s assets has wound up in court. In North Carolina, party activists are seeking to punish Republican Senator Thom Tillis for his support for same-sex marriage rights.
And that’s just a handful of the issues happening in the GOP across the U.S.
Although it is too early in the election cycle to see a direct impact of these fights, and these feuds could subside once a presidential nominee is chosen, the head of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel has called for unity.
Many say that it is crucial for the party to move beyond former president Trump if it wanted to win the 2024 elections.
Some Republican insiders said that voters in the midterm elections sent a clear message that they want competence and common sense, not more crazy. They said that if the GOP wants to start winning again, the party has to start listening.
The latest instances of GOP infighting have thus revived a years-long conversation about what it even means to be conservative — and if that is even still the ideology at the center of the Republican Party.