DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates

DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is compiling opposition research on more than 20 potential Republican presidential contenders as the party looks to get an early start on the 2024 cycle.

The DNC is digging up dirt on several prominent and unconventional possible GOP contenders, ranging from former President Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisJournalism dies in newsroom cultures where 'fairness is overrated' Five takeaways from new CDC guidance on going maskless Disney examines mask policy, theme park capacity after updated CDC guidelines MORE (R) and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyTrump critics push new direction for GOP Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE to Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonOvernight Health Care: Biden announces 1M have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period | Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins | Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines McCarthy rental from Luntz violated condo rules: Washington Post Tucker Carlson's show does dramatic reading of Stacey Abrams romance novel MORE and Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow and a staunch Trump ally. 

The DNC effort, which was first reported by Politico and confirmed to The Hill by two sources familiar with the matter, was started weeks after the inauguration and is being headed up by Nick Bauer, the group’s research director. Bauer is being aided by Caroline Graham and Austin Dieter, two of his deputies.


The DNC also has a team in place to beef up its fundraising and organizing operations for both the 2022 midterms and the 2024 cycle. Among the members of that group are Roger Lau, who managed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy MORE’s (D-Mass.) presidential bid; the DNC's political director, Alana Mounce; and Pete Kavanaugh, a former deputy campaign manager for President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE.

Jen O’Malley Dillon, who managed Biden’s campaign and now works as the White House deputy chief of staff, is overseeing the entire operation.

The DNC’s opposition research program comes amid anticipation that Republicans could field a historically large primary crowd in 2024. 

Other GOP figures such as Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (Texas), Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyNYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force chief: Attacks are 'not new' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan MORE (Mo.) and Rick Scott (Fla.), former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSimon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp defends Pence book deal: report Gohmert says Jan. 6 mob attack on Capitol not an 'armed insurrection' House Democrats unveil .9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection MORE, and former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans US Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' MORE are also considered potential 2024 contenders.

However, that field is expected to narrow considerably should Trump make a third White House bid.

Polling is scarce on how a potential 2024 GOP primary would shake out, but a survey released in March by Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio showed that Pence and DeSantis would lead a field that does not include the former president.