The 2024 US Presidential Race: Meet The Candidates

Former President Donald Trump | Source: Reuters

In the unfolding saga of the 2024 US presidential race, a diverse array of candidates from various parties is stepping into the spotlight, each with a unique vision for the nation’s future. Let’s take a closer look at the key players in this unfolding political drama.

Republican Front-runners:

Donald Trump

At 77, former President Donald Trump remains a dominant force within the Republican ranks, boasting an impressive 49% support according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. Embracing legal challenges as a badge of honor, Trump positions himself as the vanguard against a perceived political witch hunt. His proposed changes span a spectrum from reshaping the federal civil service to advocating for aggressive immigration policies and the dismantling of Obamacare. Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric, however, has sparked both enthusiastic support and concerns within the GOP.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, a 52-year-old former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador under Trump, emerges as a pragmatic alternative within the Republican field. Known for her conservative stance, Haley addresses gender and racial issues with credibility, earning her 12% support in the Reuters/Ipsos survey. Despite her relative youth, she faces a challenging path within the Republican ranks, emphasizing the need for a more stable and unifying leadership style.

Democratic Contender

Joe Biden

President Joe Biden, already the oldest U.S. president, is seeking re-election amid concerns about his age and approval ratings. Hovering at 35% in the polls, Biden emphasizes his role in defending American democracy, particularly in the wake of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. The administration’s handling of the economy, global conflicts, and immigration policy takes center stage in his campaign, with Vice President Kamala Harris by his side, adding diversity to the ticket.

Third-Party Hopefuls

Marianne Williamson

Best-selling author Marianne Williamson, 71, launches her second bid for the White House on a platform of “justice and love.” Transitioning from a Democrat in the 2020 primary, she sets her sights on the New Hampshire primary, advocating for a compassionate and holistic approach to governance.

Dean Phillips

U.S. Congressman Dean Phillips, a 55-year-old millionaire businessman and gelato company co-founder, takes on Biden with a long-shot bid. Phillips vows to address economic challenges and “repair America,” leveraging his business acumen as a potential asset in revitalizing the nation.

Independent Candidates

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 70, running as an independent, lags in the polls but holds the potential to impact the election dynamics. Advocating against COVID-19 vaccines, his controversial stance garners both supporters and detractors, adding a layer of complexity to the race.

Cornel West

Political activist and philosopher Cornel West, 70, transitions from a Green Party candidate to an independent. Promising to end poverty and guarantee housing, West appeals to progressive, Democratic-leaning voters. His emphasis on policies over partisan politics distinguishes him in a crowded field.

Jill Stein

Physician Jill Stein, 73, re-ups her 2016 Green Party bid, accusing both major parties of betraying promises. Stein’s consistent focus on climate, youth, and working people aims to bring attention to issues often overlooked by mainstream candidates.

As the 2024 presidential race unfolds, these candidates bring diverse perspectives, promising a dynamic and closely watched campaign. Stay tuned for updates on this political journey.


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Adi Hansoty
Adi Hansoty is a junior at IMSA who lives in 07 B-wing. He is from Long Grove and is very excited to serve as a staff writer. Outside of writing, he likes to play sports, guitar, and listen to music.

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