WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Sunday advised 2024 candidates to focus on Independent voters after the GOP failed to deliver a once-expected “red wave” in the 2022 midterm elections.
“I look at 2022 as the ‘Year of Independents,’” McDaniel told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. “In every single battleground state except Pennsylvania, a Republican won statewide – so we had more ticket splitting than we’ve ever seen.”
“So [in 2024], it really is going to be how do our candidates appeal to Independent voters?”
With Republicans overwhelmingly dug in behind former President Donald Trump and Democrats stubbornly – if unenthusiastically – supporting President Biden’s re-election, McDaniel’s advice may also be key to the 2024 primaries in states with open voting.
Her comments come after Trump, 77, declined to participate in the first televised 2024 Republican debate set for Wednesday in Milwaukee, instead opting to sit for an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson set for the same night.
The interview is bound to pull the eyes of MAGA supporters, but the former president may be missing out on views from a critical base of undecided and Independent voters tuning into the debate.