As the clock ticks towards the 2022 general election, the country's usual "political suspects" are already assembling their machinery ready for the ferocious contest.

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As always, the presidential race will no doubt be hotly contested with the political heavyweights expected to face off.

Deputy President William Ruto is the man who is seen as the front runner in that battle to State House. However, his road to the house on the hill is not expected to be smooth with political hurdles already littering his way.

In his own Jubilee Party, the DP seems a lonely man with most politicians running away from him. Going forward, there is no guarantee that President Uhuru Kenyatta will back his State House bid, at least going by recent political happenings in the ruling party. 

As such, the former Eldoret North MP may be forced to forge his own political future away from Uhuru. 

So, can Ruto win the election minus Uhuru's support? Most likely.

Dr Ruto should first galvanize his Rift Valley political turf. By so doing, he will be assured of the region's over 5 million votes and as he will battle to the rest of the country, he will have a secure backyard. He should actually bring all politicians from region on board and avoid unnecessary local political battles to curtail his presidential ambitions.

Having penetrated the Western Kenya region over the past few months, the DP should sustain his charm offensive of the pro-Raila region. As a vote-rich region, Western will no doubt be a key cog of a presidential winning machine. 

To completely lock out Raila from the region, he should lure ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his FORD Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula to his camp.

The DP should further rope in Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to win Ukambani votes and go to Kisii region where he enjoys some support.

Then there is the North-Eastern region where he enjoys some following and with some support in Mount Kenya region, Dr Ruto will no doubt win the 2022 presidential election even without Uhuru's support.