The contest to become the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nominee is heating up further, with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Vice President Mike Pence poised to throw their hats in the ring next week.
Christie, who ran for president unsuccessfully in 2016, plans to announce his candidacy in New Hampshire on Tuesday, June 6, according to multiple published reports.
Pence, meanwhile, is expected to launch his widely expected campaign in Iowa on June 7, the date of his 64th birthday.
Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina both formally kicked off their White House bids, though technical glitches marred DeSantis’s kickoff event on Twitter.
Another South Carolina politician, Nikki Haley, an ex-governor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, announced her 2024 run in February, and the other Republicans already in the race include former President Donald Trump, who is leading in polls, as well as former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and longshot candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
The first official debate of the GOP presidential primary is slated to be held in Milwaukee in August.
On the Democratic side, President Joe Biden kicked off his re-election campaign in late April, with the move coming even as most Americans don’t approve of his performance. The president is talking up the strong job market and his legislative record.
Below is MarketWatch’s list of potential Republican presidential contenders and the status of their candidacies.
|Name||Title||Reports or statements on candidacy|
|Greg Abbott||Texas governor||Abbott strategist said governor “will take a look at the situation” after state’s legislative session ends in late May, but Abbott has passed on speaking in Iowa, a key state|
|John Bolton||Former national-security adviser, former ambassador to United Nations||He has said he may run for president in 2024|
|Liz Cheney||Former Wyo. congresswoman||She has said she hasn’t made a decision about a 2024 run, but has run a TV ad in New Hampshire, a key state|
|Chris Christie||Former N.J. governor||He’s expected to announce his candidacy on Tuesday in New Hampshire|
|Ted Cruz||U.S. senator from Texas||He said he won’t seek the GOP presidential nomination, instead aiming for re-election in Senate|
|Ron DeSantis||Florida governor||He entered the race on May 24, his kickoff event on Twitter was marred by technical glitches|
|Larry Elder||Conservative radio host||He announced his run in April|
|Nikki Haley||Former ambassador to United Nations, former S.C. governor||She announced her run in February|
|Larry Hogan||Former Md. governor||He said in early March he won’t run|
|Asa Hutchinson||Former Ark. governor||He said in April that he’s running|
|Brian Kemp||Ga. governor||He said in March that he’s not running|
|Kristi Noem||S.D. governor||She has said she hasn’t ruled out a presidential run|
|Mike Pence||Former vice president||His announcement is expected June 7|
|Mike Pompeo||Former CIA director and secretary of state||He announced in April that he has decided against a run|
|Vivek Ramaswamy||Entrepreneur and author known for criticizing ESG investing as “wokeism”||He announced his candidacy in February|
|Mike Rogers||Former Mich. congressman||He suggested an announcement on a run may come in “late spring, early summer“|
|Tim Scott||U.S. senator for S.C.||He filed paperwork for his run Friday and officially announced it Monday|
|Francis Suarez||Mayor of Miami, Fla.||He tweeted on May 12 that “big decisions” are ahead for him about a possible run|
|Chris Sununu||N.H. governor||He said he plans to decide around mid-June|
|Donald Trump||Former president||He announced in November that he’s running|
|Glenn Youngkin||Va. governor||He said he won’t campaign to be president this year, but reportedly hasn’t made a decision on a run|
The list above features relatively high-profile names, but there are lesser-known GOP presidential hopefuls as well, such as Aaron Day, who is known in part for his 2016 run against former New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte; Perry Johnson, a former gubernatorial candidate in Michigan; Steve Laffey, a former Cranston, R.I., mayor; and former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
In addition, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, known in part for selling a software company to Microsoft
for $1 billion more than two decades ago, is expected to announce his White House bid on June 7 in Fargo.
Democrats seem to be closing ranks behind Biden, although author and activist Marianne Williamson said she’s seeking the party’s nomination again and vigorously defended her decision to challenge the president in an extensive question-and-answer session with MarketWatch. Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also is mounting a longshot challenge to Biden, having held a kickoff event for his campaign in April.
Robert Schroeder contributed to this article.