- Jon Huntsman, Vice-President of the United States since 2017, U.S. ambassador in China from 2009 to 2011, Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, presidential candidate in 2012 (Nominee)
- Paul Ryan, 2012 vice-presidential nominee; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin since 1999
- Rand Paul, Senator of Kentucky since 2011
Thanks to President Marco Rubio's popularity and the approval of his presidential performance raised to 70%, Jon Huntsman, his Vice-President, is the clear favorite to win the Republican nomination. His challengers are Paul Ryan, Representative of Wisconsin and former running mate of Mitt Romney in 2012, and Rand Paul, Senator of Kentucky. Huntsman obtains the endorsment of President Rubio. With his past of US ambassador, Huntsman puts foward his experience in foreign policy and his strong leadership. Paul Ryan proves to be a formidable opponent with his experience in budget and his past as vice-presidential nominee twelve years ago. Ryan attacks Huntsman of missing conservative faith and being too moderate. Huntsman attacks Ryan of being the running mate of a losing presidential candidate. This allows Huntsman to win the Republican presidential nomination. He selects George P. Bush, Governor of Texas since 2022, grandson of George H. W. Bush and nephew of George W. Bush, as his running mate to hold the Republican Party together and win more Hispanic votes. The Republican National Convention take place in Detroit, Michigan.
Jon Huntsman - 2000 delegates, 46 states + D.C., 68 % of the popular vote
Paul Ryan - 322 delegates, 5 states, 22 % of the popular vote
Rand Paul - 48 delegates, 0 state, 10 % of the popular vote