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Who is running for president?

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President Joe Biden’s 2023 State of the Union Address left the GOP clamoring Tuesday.

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are the front-runners for the Democrat and Republican parties, respectively.

So far, there is only one other Democrat who has maintained a campaign against Biden, and there are a total of 10 Republican candidates.

Democrat Candidates

As of Oct. 9, the only Democrat to have officially declared a bid for the presidency against Biden is Marianne Williamson, a bestselling author, political activist and spiritual thought leader according to her website.

Williamson’s campaign is centered around “justice and love,” with her campaign website listing some of her key issues. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had also announced a bid for the presidency, but as of Sunday, has decided to run as an independent instead.

A poll conducted May 17-20 by the SSRS Opinion Panel found that 60% of Democrats favored Biden, with 20% supporting Kennedy and 8% supporting Williamson.

Republican Candidates

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has continually been polling as a runner up against Trump. According to FiveThiryEight, Trump leads in favorability with 59.3%, and DeSantis comes in second with 45%.

Aside from Trump and DeSantis, other candidates include:

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence.
  • Investor and former pharmaceutical company CEO Vivek Ramaswamy.
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
  • Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
  • South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
  • Former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton
  • Pastor from Dallas Ryan Binkley.
  • North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
  • Political Commentator Larry Elder.
  • Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson.
  • Businessman Perry Johnson.

Election information

The presidential election is set to take place Nov. 7, 2024, and the Republican caucus is scheduled for Jan.15, 2024. To participate in caucuses in Iowa, votes must be registered with the respective party.

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