As Christie and Pence plan to enter the race, here are the Republicans running for president in 2024

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.

See: As DeSantis officially launches his presidential campaign, Trump has a big lead in the polls

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.



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.

Now read: Nikki Haley says ‘no Republican president will have the ability to ban abortion nationwide’

Also: Biden criticizes DeSantis over his Medicaid stance while in Florida

Plus: Billionaire investor Bill Ackman says JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon should run for president

Robert Schroeder contributed to this article.

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