Mike Pence, Target of Capitol Riot Rage, Remains a Frontrunner for 2024 GOP Nomination

Former Vice President Mike Pence remains a frontrunner for the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination and the top pick among Republicans if Donald Trump does not run again.

Polling continues to name Trump as the favorite among Republican voters should he decide to take another shot at the White House.

An Echelon Insights poll on January 20 to 26 asked 1,006 registered voters for their views on issues such as the election and impeachment.

Republican and Republican-leaning voters were also asked who they would back as the party's presidential candidate in 2024.

About a third, 34 percent, said they would definitely support Trump if he were to run.

They were also presented with a list of candidates excluding Trump. Given this list, 21 percent said they would back Pence. Behind him was the former president's oldest child, Donald Trump Jr., who was supported by 10 percent.

Previous polls have also identified Pence as the frontrunner among the alternatives to Trump. It has been suggested that the former president's blessing could boost Pence's White House chances.

This support for the former vice president comes after Pence was a target of anger for some of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Videos of the violence captured members of the mob chanting: "Hang Mike Pence."

The phrase became a hashtag on Twitter in the aftermath of the Capitol riots, although the social media platform blocked it from becoming a trending topic. An FBI witness has also said that some of the rioters wanted to assassinate the then vice president.

Pence had rejected calls—including demands from Trump—to refuse the Electoral College votes from certain states. He said he would not unilaterally reject votes.

This sparked ire from the president and his supporters, with Trump attacking Pence in a tweet even as the chaos of January 6 unfolded.

Pence, along with other officials and lawmakers, had to be rushed to safety after protesters breached the Capitol.

It was reported at the time that Pence was angry with Trump over the situation, which has since led to Trump's second impeachment.

The pair met on the Monday following the riots, both condemning the violence. They are said to have also reflected on their accomplishments in office.

The former VP had been urged to use the 25th Amendment to oust Trump from power prematurely following the riots, but refused to do so.

Pence thanked Trump in a farewell speech on January 20, saying: "I will always be grateful for the opportunity that they gave us to serve and the way they allowed us to make a difference in the life of this nation."

Newsweek could not reach Pence for comment.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence departs after the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20 in Washington, D.C. Polls have named him as a frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Melina Mara/Pool/Getty Images