(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Many Republicans are worried that former President Donald Trump would end up being the GOP nominee for the 2024 presidential election, which would effectively mean that the party had not managed to move beyond Trump.

Trump is facing a number of controversies and legal cases, including a potential criminal indictment in New York, during which a large part of the GOP’s conservative base has continued supporting him. While earlier it appeared that he was in a precarious position in the GOP, the latest polls show that he has solidified his position as the party leader so far.

In recent polls, Trump has been seen increasing his lead in the GOP primary, while his biggest potential rival Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has had his poll ratings dropping while he is predominantly focused on defending himself against Trump’s attacks. This has led to many questioning whether DeSantis would actually be able to take on Trump in the 2024 GOP primary.

This recent increase in Trump’s poll numbers had also been a reminder of the control that he still has over the Republican party and some of the party’s biggest support. One GOP strategist who does not support Trump’s 2024 presidential election bid stated that “Old habits are hard to break,” and that it is very hard to “write him off” because of how big and loyal his supporter base is.

Currently, it is still early in the primary season, with only two other high-profile Republicans having officially announced their presidential bid, those being former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

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