Franklin Graham took everyone by surprise with what he revealed about the 2024 election

The 2024 Presidential election is already starting to take shape.

The battle lines are being drawn ahead of the all-important GOP primary.

And Franklin Graham took everyone by surprise with what he revealed about the 2024 election.

Former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign is starting to gear up with events in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

So far, Trump is the only major candidate in the GOP primary but other big names like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis could throw their hat in the ring.

With Trump expected to face primary challengers, the all-important jockeying for key endorsements has begun.

One endorsement that Trump won’t be able to count in the Republican primary, is leading evangelical preacher Franklin Graham.

The son of the late Reverend Billy Graham is one the most high-profile evangelical pastors in the country.

Franklin Graham told CBS News at the March for Life that he was sitting out the GOP Presidential Primary.

“I’m going to stay out of it until after the primaries have finished,” Graham said.

He said his decision not to endorse wasn’t a “big decision — it’s an easy decision.”

Graham was a strong supporter of Trump during his 2016 and 2020 Presidential campaigns.

“I’m just not going to get involved in supporting this one over that one,” Graham continued. “Let’s just let the people decide. And when the dust is settled, I’ll make a decision on that point.”

Evangelical voters are a key voter bloc in Republican primaries especially in the first contest in the GOP primary calendar, the Iowa caucuses.

They were a key part of Trump’s winning political coalition in 2016 and 2020.

Graham generally doesn’t endorse in primary races but the news turned heads given his past support of Trump.

He predicted in 2020 that Trump would be remembered in history as “one of the great Presidents.”

Graham, the President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the charity Samaritan’s Purse, spoke at Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

He joins another prominent evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress in declining to endorse the former President in the upcoming GOP primary.

“My lack of offering an endorsement had nothing to do with a diminishing enthusiasm of President Trump,” Jeffress said. “I have been his most vocal and visible evangelical supporter since 2015. I just felt like it was a little early to be doing that.”

Trump had previously denounced evangelical leaders for not backing his 2024 Presidential campaign.

The former President said there was “great disloyalty” by evangelical leaders not supporting him in the GOP primary.

Trump added that he didn’t care about the endorsements because of his track record on delivering for evangelical voters.

“Nobody has ever done more for right to life than Donald Trump,” Trump said.

A primary battle could be brewing for Donald Trump to earn the nod from the GOP in the Presidential Primary.

And for now, evangelical leaders look like they want nothing to do with it.

Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.

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