The 2024 Presidential Election Race: A Guide to the Republicans Currently in the Running and Those Who Have Dropped Out

The race for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election has been a crowded one, with over a dozen candidates vying for the chance to take on sitting President Joe Biden. While the primary field began with a slew of candidates from various backgrounds, the race has winnowed, and the front-runner, Donald Trump, is all but assured of securing the nomination.

Here is a breakdown of the current state of the Republican primary:

Donald Trump

Who he is: The former president of the United States and a controversial figure who has angered many for his inflammatory statements and actions during his tenure in office.

Is he running?: Yes

Why does he want to run?: Trump has hinted at seeking revenge against those who opposed him and is considered a strong candidate who could appeal to Republican voters who are opposed to Biden's policies.

Who wants him to run?: A significant portion of the GOP is behind Trump, and his lead in the primaries has consolidated support behind him as other candidates have dropped out.

Can he win the nomination?: With his significant lead in the primaries and the massive support he receives from Republicans, Trump is likely to win the Republican nomination.

Ron DeSantis

Who he is: The second-term governor of Florida, DeSantis has been widely seen as a potential contender for the Republican nomination.

Is he running?: No

Why did he want to run?: DeSantis hoped to synthesize Trump-style culture warring with conservative politics, positioning himself as a more extreme version of Trump.

Who wanted him to run?: DeSantis was once considered a favorite, but his campaign failed to gain traction, with donors growing tired of his expensive and directionless campaign.

Could he have won the nomination?: While DeSantis once posed a strong challenge to Trump, his campaign failed to resonate with voters, and he dropped out of the race shortly before the primaries began.

Nikki Haley

Who she is: Haley served as the governor of South Carolina before becoming the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump. A former governor of South Carolina who has criticized Trump on his tantrums and chaos.

Is she running?: No

Why did she want to run?: Haley initially hesitated to openly attack Trump but later criticized him for creating chaos before dropping out of the race.

Who wanted her to run?: Haley became the most popular alternative to Trump among Republicans who did not support the former president, but she never had the support to supplant him.

Could she have won the nomination?: Haley proved more viable than anyone but Trump, but she ultimately dropped out of the race.

Vivek Ramaswamy

Who he is: A 38-year-old biotech millionaire who has become prominent as a crusader against wokeness and ESG investing.

Is he running?: No

Why did he want to run?: Ramaswamy ran as an anti-woke candidate but lacked the momentum to succeed.

Who wanted him to run?: Ramaswamy's voter base liked Trump's vibe but seemed ready for a new version, but as the campaign went on, they grew dissatisfied.

Could he have won the nomination?: No, and despite a brief surge in the summer, his campaign fizzled as voters learned more about him.

Asa Hutchinson

Who he is: A former longtime member of Congress and governor of Arkansas, Hutchinson positioned himself as a more moderate Republican.

Is he running?: No

Why did he want to run?: Hutchinson has often been considered a right-wing Republican, but he positioned himself as a more centrist candidate who shares some of the same policies as Democrats.

Who wanted him to run?: Old-school conservatives who detest Trump but are not liberal enough to support Democrats.

Could he have won the nomination?: No, as a staunchly anti-Trump candidate could not win in Trump's Republican Party.

Tim Scott

Who he is: The only Black Republican senator, Scott is from South Carolina.

Is he running?: No

Why did he want to run?: Scott offered a somewhat sunny personal story but also some hard-line ideas, positioning himself as a candidate who could bridge the divide between parties.

Who wanted him to run?: Scott's Senate