He had been preparing it for months. Former Vice President Mike Pence filed his candidacy for the White House on Monday, according to documents released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seen by CNN. He will therefore challenge his former partner Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican primaries. As he had announced, this evangelical conservative will formalize Wednesday, the day of his 64 years, his entry into the race with a meeting in Iowa.
A fierce opponent of abortion, Mike Pence helped Donald Trump win over the religious right by being his running mate during the 2016 campaign. After years of unwavering loyalty, he changed his tone after the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. In particular, he judged that the president's words that day were "irresponsible" and had "put him in danger" because he was then on Capitol Hill.
Less than 4% of voting intentions
After releasing a book called "So help me God," the former radio host crisscrossed the country, speaking out in states likely to make a difference in Republican primaries. Two weeks ago, his allies launched an exploratory "Committed to America" campaign committee to support him.
Mike Pence peaks at around 3.8% of voting intentions, far behind Donald Trump (53.2%) or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (22.4%), according to the average of the latest polls conducted by the site RealClearPolitics.