According to two individuals familiar with at least two face-to-face meetings, media magnate Rupert Murdoch has reportedly repeatedly urged the Republican governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, to run for president in 2024.
The previously unreported meetings reportedly occurred months ago, but Murdoch’s request has taken on new significance as Youngkin continues to lay the groundwork for a possible last-minute White House bid and as Murdoch publications have hyped his presidential prospects this month.
According to two persons who are familiar with the ongoing discussion between the two guys, they have had at least two in-person conversations regarding the possibility of one of them running for the Youngkin seat.
Murdoch has long held the belief that the seeming fixation of the 45th president, Donald Trump, on the outcome of the presidential election in 2020 will only serve to bring the Republican Party’s performance in general elections to a lower level.
Given the influence that Murdoch’s media company wields, support from him might be extremely beneficial to any candidate running for the White House.
Youngkin barely registers in national Republican primary polls, despite the fact that a recent survey conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University revealed that Virginia residents choose Youngkin over President Biden for president by a margin of 44 percent to 37 percent in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.