Former President Donald Trump is steadily ramping up public events, with his first rally since leaving office set to take place Saturday night in Ohio.
The event will be for an opponent of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican congressman who voted for Trump's impeachment following his role in inspiring the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump is expected to hold many score-settling rallies and make lots of grievance-based endorsements ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, as Republicans seek to wrest control of one or both chambers of Congress from Democrats.
Saturday's rally will be a test of whether Trump's still got it. Can he bring out the devoted crowds that filled stadiums for him when he was president and as a candidate? Trump has left the door wide open to running again.
Because of Trump's popularity with the GOP base, that's put somewhat of a freeze on the 2024 field, but some are running versions of shadow campaigns. Just this week, other top potential GOP presidential candidates were making public appearances and made the news, as they jockey for position — if Trump doesn't run.
Here's a look at some:
Ron DeSantis, Florida governor
Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
Mike Pence, former vice president
Mike Pompeo, former secretary of state
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