Tuesday March 2nd 2021
Elderton "unsure " of Presidential bid as Norton-Stewart builds up momentum
Utah Governor John Elderton is said to be "unsure" of getting into the 2022 nomination race. Elderton now into his fifth term as Governor had been as very likely of announcing a run for the Presidency, but seems to have had second thoughts over the course of the last month.
Sources close to the Governor have told NBS "It seemed a done deal just a few weeks ago, now he (Elderton) is unsure what to do". His main concern seems to be that Ohio Senator Ruth Norton-Stewart is already building a strong campaign team, money and endorsements (Former Arkansas Governor Carol-Anne Slater endorsed her on Sunday on the back of high profile endorsements of former Vice-President Liz Clark and her fellow Ohioan Senator Dylan Garrison).
"She (Norton-Stewart) has really come flying out of the traps, although it clearly isn't a done deal, she already looks like the candidate to stop". A straw poll held at CPAC over the weekend had Norton-Stewart winning with 73% of the vote, with former Oklahoma Senator Alan Duke on 11%, and the remaining 16% divided amongst several other candidates, North Carolina Senator Barbara Layton polled the next largest total with 7% , and the other 9% going to several other underdeclared candidates such as Virginia Senator Rob Buchannan and Texas businessman Andrew Long (the only other declared candidate former Michigan Congressman Gus Edwards, failed to poll anything at all).
The other expected "Stop RNS" candidate Illinois Senator Jasper Irving seems likely to make his intentions known in the next couple of weeks according to those close to him. He is regarded by many from the "moderate Vinick" wing of the party who would have any chance of beating her to the nomination.