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2024 presidential candidates

Candidate profiles


Joe Biden (Incumbent)
President Joe Biden, 80, became the 46th president of the U.S. in 2021. Before that, he served as vice president in the Obama Administration and represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years. Biden has not formally announced his run for re-election, but some of his actions indicate his plans to run again in 2024.

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President Joe Biden smiles during a news conference with South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol in the Rose Garden of the White House Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 69, filed paperwork in early April to run for president. The nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy and son of the assassinated 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Kennedy Jr. is an environmental lawyer and an anti-vaccine activist.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and wife Cheryl Hines wave with family members onstage at an event where announced his run for president on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, in Boston. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson, 70, is an author and activist who describes herself as a “spiritual thought leader.” She ran an unsuccessful campaign for president in 2020. Her priorities include free health care, free college and free child care, she told ABC News.

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Marianne Williamson endorses Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders during a campaign event on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)


Donald Trump, 76, was the 45th president of the United States. He was elected in 2016. He lost his campaign for re-election in 2020 to Joe Biden. He is also a businessman and president of The Trump Organization. He was also a co-producer and host of a reality TV series called “The Apprentice.” He wants to “Make America Great Again” by rebuilding the economy, securing the southern border, and making the U.S. energy independent. In May 2023, a federal jury in New York found Trump liable for sex abuse and defamation in a case brought by E. Jean Carroll. He has denied the accusations and said he plans to appeal.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Lee County Republican dinner in Fort Myers, Fla., Friday, April 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)
Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis, 44, is the current governor of Florida, serving since 2019. DeSantis also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. DeSantis is a Navy veteran and a federal prosecutor. DeSantis went on a tour around the country to promote his book, “The Courage to Be Free: Florida's Blueprint for America's Revival.”

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures during a conference titled "Celebrate the Faces of Israel" at Jerusalem's Museum of Tolerance, Thursday, April 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, Pool)
Mike Pence
Mike Pence, 63, served as the 48th vice president of the U.S. during the Trump Administration from 2017 to 2021. Before that, he served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 2001 to 2013. Pence went on a book tour to promote his memoir, “So Help Me God.”

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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Federalist Society Executive Branch Review conference, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson, 70, was the governor of Arkansas from 2015 to 2023 and a U.S. representative from 1997 to 2001. He also worked as a U.S. attorney and the administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He also served as chair of the Arkansas Republican Party from 1990 to 1995. Hutchinson plans to make a decision regarding a potential run for president in April.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is surrounded by family members after formally announcing his Republican campaign for president, Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in Bentonville, Ark. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Will Hurd
Will Hurd, 45, is a former U.S. representative in Texas who served from 2015 to 2021. He also worked as a clandestine officer for the Central Intelligence Agency for nine years, stationed primarily in Washington D.C. Hurd announced his run for presidency in June 2023.

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Former Texas Rep. Will Hurd speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Kick-Off Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Clive, Iowa. Hurd, a onetime CIA officer and fierce critic of Donald Trump, announced on Thursday that he's running for president, hoping to build momentum as a more moderate alternative to the Republican primary field's early front-runner. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Nikki Haley, 51, was the 29th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump Administration from January 2017 to December 2018. She served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and was the youngest governor and the first minority female governor in the country.

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Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally in the South Carolina state House district she used to represent, Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Gilbert, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
Vivek Ramaswamy
Vivek Ramaswamy, 37, is a business leader and author of two books, “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam” and “Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence.” He started a biotech company and in 2022 started an Ohio-based asset management firm.

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Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Kick-Off, Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Clive, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Chris Christie
Chris Christie, 60, served as governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018 and is now a political commentator and lobbyist. Before that Christie worked as a lawyer and on presidential political campaigns. Christie lost a bid for president in 2016. He joined other potential GOP presidential candidates at a Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas in November 2022.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering during a town hall style meeting at New England College, Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Henniker, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Doug Burgum
Doug Burgum, 66, is the governor of North Dakota. He was first elected in 2016 and was elected to his second term as governor in 2020. Before his political career, he was president of a software company before selling it to Microsoft. He is also the founder of Kilbourne Group, a real-estate development firm in Fargo.

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks to reporters in the spin room after a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX News Channel Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Larry Elder
Larry Elder, 71, is a conservative radio host known for his program, "The Larry Elder Show". He is also an author and filmmaker. Larry, who is from South Central Los Angeles, previously ran for governor of California in 2021 but lost to Democrat Gavin Newsom.

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Republican presidential candidate radio show host Larry Elder speaks during a fundraising event for U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Tim Scott
Tim Scott, 57, has served as a U.S. senator for South Carolina since 2013. Before that he was a representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the South Carolina General Assembly. He is hiring staff and courting potential donors as well as attending annual donor retreats.

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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Kick-Off Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Clive, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Ryan Binkley
Ryan Binkley, is the president and CEO of a business consultancy firm and is also a co-founder of Create Church, a “multiethnic, multigenerational church” in Texas, according to his campaign website. H has also worked at Procter & Gamble and Boston Scientific Corporation.

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Republican presidential candidate businessman and pastor Ryan Binkley waits to speak with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds at a Fair-Side Chat at the Iowa State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Perry Johnson
Perry Johnson,is a businessman who started Perry Johnson Registrars Inc, a company that certifies if businesses are meeting industrial standards. Johnson tried to run for the governor of Michigan last year, but was deemed to have filed thousands of fraudulent nominating signatures.

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Republican presidential candidate and Michigan businessman Perry Johnson speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Kick-Off, Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Clive, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)


Joe Exotic
Joseph Allen Maldonado, known as “Joe Exotic,” 60, is the star of the documentary series “Tiger King” and is currently serving a 21-year sentence in prison for hiring an assassin to kill Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist.

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Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "Joe Exotic," in 2013 at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. The zoo was closed by federal investigators in 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Cornel West
Cornel West, 70, is a philosopher, political activist and a former Harvard professor. West announced his run for president June 5 as a candidate in the People's Party, a third party also known as the Populist Party. West is a well-known democratic socialist who has supported Bernie Sanders in his past presidential elections.

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Harvard Professor Cornel West speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire, Feb. 10, 2020, in Durham, N.H. West says he will run for president in 2024 as 3rd-party candidate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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