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Trump’s intentions aside, Sen. Ted Cruz says he’s next in line to secure the 2024 GOP presidential nomination

The Texas senator, who placed second in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, says there’s historical precedent for the runner-up to get the nod the next time around

Republican senator Ted Cruz of Texas says it’s his turn to be the party’s nominee for president in 2024, citing the frequency with which losing candidates have carried the party’s mantle into the next election. This even as former president Donald Trump hints that he might run again, the Washington Post reports.

In an interview with the Truth Gazette, a conservative outlet run by 15-year-old Brilyn Hollyhand, Cruz said he would “absolutely” consider a run for the White House in 2024. In fact, Cruz said he thinks it is very likely that Republican voters will give him the nomination.

Noting that he ended up “placing second” during the 2016 GOP primaries, Cruz said there is a historical precedent for runner-up candidates like him to get the nod the next time they jump into the presidential race.

“There’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee,” Cruz said. “That’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan, or McCain or Romney. That’s played out repeatedly.”

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