As the 2024 presidential race heats up, the Republican field has expanded to 12 relatively well-known contenders. One of the latest to join the race is former Texas Rep. Will Hurd, who declared his candidacy on Thursday.
Hurd wasted no time taking aim at both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in his announcement, citing concerns that Biden would win reelection if Trump secured the GOP nomination. Polls have consistently shown Trump leading among Republican primary voters.
Hurd is just one of several presidential hopefuls who have thrown their hats in the ring this month. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez launched his bid last week, and two weeks ago, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and current North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum all formally announced their campaigns.
Meanwhile, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has stated that he won’t be campaigning for president in 2023 due to elections for Virginia’s legislature in November, but he has left open the possibility of a White House run in 2024.
Here’s a rundown of the current list of Republican presidential contenders and the status of their candidacies:
- Donald Trump: indicted on 37 charges, including obstruction of justice
- Will Hurd: newly announced candidacy
- Francis Suarez: newly announced candidacy
- Mike Pence: formally announced candidacy
- Chris Christie: formally announced candidacy
- Doug Burgum: formally announced candidacy
- Glenn Youngkin: not campaigning in 2023 but may run in 2024
While Trump’s recent legal troubles have dominated headlines, his continued popularity among conservative voters means he is still seen as a major contender for the GOP nomination. However, analysts suggest that his latest indictment may hurt him in a general election, even if it doesn’t impact his standing in the primary.
In any case, the Republican race promises to be a crowded and competitive field, with no shortage of candidates vying for the nomination.
Potential 2024 Presidential Candidates
As the 2020 election cycle draws to a close, attention is already turning to potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election. While the list is sure to grow and change over the next few years, here are some of the names being thrown around:
- Donald Trump – Although he has not officially announced a run, the former president has hinted at a potential 2024 bid.
- Ron DeSantis – The Florida governor has gained national attention for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his conservative policies.
- Nikki Haley – The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina has already launched a political action committee, which some see as a precursor to a presidential run.
- Tim Scott – The U.S. senator from South Carolina has gained prominence as a leading voice in the GOP’s efforts to reach out to minority voters.
- Tom Cotton – The Arkansas senator is known for his tough-on-crime and conservative immigration policies.
The list continues with a number of lesser-known candidates, such as:
- Aaron Day, who gained attention for his 2016 run against former Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
- Perry Johnson, a former gubernatorial candidate in Michigan
- Steve Laffey, a former mayor of Cranston, R.I.
- Corey Stapleton, former Montana Secretary of State
There are also several notable Republicans who have been talked about as potential candidates but haven’t confirmed whether or not they will run, including:
- Greg Abbott, governor of Texas
- John Bolton, former national-security adviser and former ambassador to the United Nations
- Liz Cheney, former U.S. representative from Wyoming
- Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota
- Mike Rogers, former U.S. representative from Michigan
On the Democratic side, Joe Biden launched his re-election campaign in April 2021, despite having low approval ratings. The president has been highlighting the strong job market and his legislative record.
Republican Presidential Debate
The first official debate of the Republican presidential primary will be held in Milwaukee on August 23, with a second debate on August 24 if enough candidates qualify.
As the race for 2024 begins to take shape, Americans can expect to see a growing list of potential candidates and plenty of political maneuvering in the years ahead.
The Road to the 2024 US Presidential Election
As the 2022 archives reveal, the conversation around the 2024 presidential election has already begun. Amidst the pandemic and political turmoil, potential third-party candidates have already announced their intention to enter the race.
Democrat and Republican Candidates
On the Republican side, Governor Ron DeSantis has emerged as a potential presidential candidate. Despite a growing movement within the party, antivaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s challenge remains unlikely.
Cornel West, a former Ivy League professor, has announced his candidacy for the People’s Party. Additionally, a group called “No Labels” has formed, considering a “unity ticket” for 2024. While they fight against a Biden-Trump rematch, they are unlikely to present a third-party candidate if DeSantis receives the Republican nomination.
As we move closer to 2024, it is clear that politics will play an immense role in American life once again. However, billionaire investor Bill Ackman believes that JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon should run for president, proving that anything is possible in the ever-changing American political landscape.
Robert Schroeder contributed.