Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently said that he’s well-positioned to win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination; his reasoning being his second-place finish in the party’s 2016 primary.

Asked by The Truth Gazette whether he would consider launching another bid for the White House, Cruz said, “Absolutely. In a heartbeat.”

“You know, I ran in 2016. It was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. We had a very crowded field. We had 17 candidates in the race—a very strong field. And I ended up placing second,” Cruz said.

“There’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee. And that’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan or McCain or Romney that has played out repeatedly. You come in with just an enormous base of support.”

Cruz received the second-most delegates at the party’s 2016 convention, during which a group of his supporters attempted to derail Trump’s nomination and disrupted the proceedings.

Cruz declined to endorse Trump, told Republicans to “vote your conscience,” and was booed on the convention floor.

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