PUBLISHED: 17:14, Thu, Nov 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:14, Thu, Nov 5, 2020
Tucker Carlson sparked controversy yesterday after repeating the US President's baseless accusations of voter fraud as the election goes down to the wire.
Mr Carlson, a Fox News host, has cut a divisive figure in the US for years.
While he has been criticised for controversial comments and even accused of racism by politicians on the left, his shows have received high ratings with millions tuning in.
Experts also say that Mr Carlson has used his media platform to garner significant influence in the Republican Party.
This led to speculation that he could take the reins as the party's nominee in 2024 if President Trump loses to Mr Biden in this election.
Luke Thompson, a Republican strategist, lauded Mr Carlson as a " talented communicator with a massive platform" in an interview with Politico earlier this year.
He added: "I think if he runs he’d be formidable."
Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, said earlier this year that “no one can dismiss this and say it’s completely implausible”.
Mr Lowry highlighted the huge influence the journalist has within Republican circles.
He also argued that Mr Carlson would be favourite to run if he did choose to do so.
Mr Lowry said: “There is at the very least a significant faction within the Republican Party that [Mr Carlson] has a huge stake in and arguably leadership over.
“If he has political ambitions, he has an opening. He has a following and a taste for controversy. He’s smart, quick on his feet and personable. Political experience matters less than it once did.”
Tucker Carlson news: The door is open for him to run according to experts (Image: getty)
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