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 DeSantisFlorida reports record 21,000 cases in single day, highest since start of pandemic Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Meadows says Trump World looking to 'move forward in a real way' MORE (R) and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Noem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis MORE to Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDon Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Fox News blasts 'ambush' of Carlson at Montana fly-fishing store Psaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation 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.

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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 WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE’s (D-Mass.) presidential bid; the DNC's political director, Alana Mounce; and Pete Kavanaugh, a former deputy campaign manager for President BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session 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 CruzBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE (Texas), Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade Trio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade MORE (Mo.) and Rick Scott (Fla.), former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOfficers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement MORE, and former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions 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.