Mike Pence, Mitt Romney Lead Poll for 2024 Republican Presidential Candidate—but Only if Trump Doesn't Run

Vice President Mike Pence, Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Fox News host Tucker Carlson are among the top hopefuls to wage a 2024 Republican Party presidential run—but only if President Donald Trump doesn't decide to run four years from now.

Even though Trump is still refusing to concede or acknowledge his loss to President-elect Joe Biden this month, pollsters are already looking ahead to 2024 for some idea of how the GOP may shake out in the coming four years. A Leger 360 poll conducted this week found name recognition was clearly favored among top 2024 presidential hopefuls. Pence garnered the support of 26 percent of 1,003 survey respondents who placed him as their first choice for the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

If Trump runs in 2024, he is the clear GOP front-runner, with Romney coming in second place as potential challengers to Biden four years from now.

Romney trails Pence in the Leger 360 poll with 22 percent. And trailing further down the list are Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and former Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Several of the potential candidates have run unsuccessfully in the past, including Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to President Barack Obama. Cruz, Kasich and Rubio and all ran against Trump in the 2016 GOP primaries. Four years ago, Trump campaigned as an "outsider" who was a successful New York businessman, and not a Washington lawmaker. The only non-politician who appears in this poll is Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who 5 percent of respondents said they want to see run as the 2024 GOP presidential candidate.

The only other 2024 presidential candidate options to surface in the Leger 360 poll were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Senator Rick Scott and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. The latter won the Iowa caucus in 2012, but Romney went on to get the Republican nomination over Santorum.

But all of the above options are only viable if Trump decides not to run again in 2024. With Trump factored into the poll, he earns 25 percent of support from respondents. CBS News reported Tuesday that two Trump campaign senior advisers say he's already "seriously" considering running for president in 2024.

Trump's most staunch supporters have floated several additional members of the Trump family, including daughter Ivanka and son Donald Trump Jr., as potential 2024 GOP candidates.

The Leger survey regarding the 2024 GOP hopefuls was conducted among 1,003 respondents between November 13 and 15. Despite the look ahead to 2024, the poll found 77 percent of Republicans "believe" Trump's claim he "won" the election against Biden earlier this month.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign, Pence's office and Tucker Carlson for reaction Tuesday afternoon.

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Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Mitt Romney leave the clubhouse after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Pence and Romney lead a list of hopefuls for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, assuming Trump does not run. DREW ANGERER / Staff/Getty Images