Who's in the Race?
Republican Caucus Candidates
Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, announced his candidacy on November 15, 2022. Aiming to become the only second-time commander-in-chief to win two nonconsecutive terms, former President Trump is running on a platform of reducing illegal immigration, bringing back economic prosperity, and protecting U.S. trade interests.
Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina and United Nations Ambassador, announced her candidacy on February 14, 2023. Drawing on foreign policy experience, Haley’s platform focuses on ending economic cooperation with China, continuing support for Ukraine, and decreasing government spending and national debt.
Vivek Ramaswamy, biotechnology entrepreneur and author, announced his candidacy on February 21, 2023. Running on the phrase “Truth,” Ramaswamy's platform has ten central tenets that motivate all campaign efforts. Ramaswamy is known for opposing efforts to advance “woke” social and environmental causes in business and government.
Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, announced his candidacy on May 23, 2023. As Governor, DeSantis is known for limiting the teaching of racial history in schools and restricting classroom discussions on sex and gender. DeSantis has built a reputation as a conservative candidate focusing on strengthening parental rights and freedoms.
Asa Hutchinson, two-term Governor of Arkansas, announced his candidacy on April 2, 2023. Hutchinson has extensive experience in federal government, including in Congress, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. Hutchinson is among the few Republicans openly critical of Donald Trump.
Ryan Binkley, pastor and President of a mergers and acquisitions firm, announced his candidacy on April 23, 2023. Binkley promotes himself as the candidate who can overcome partisan divisions. Binkley platform focuses on immigration reform, reducing spending, balancing the federal budget, and growing faith in America.
Chris Christie, former Attorney General of New Jersey and former Governor of New Jersey, announced his candidacy on June 6, 2023. As Governor, Christie was known for cutting spending and engaging in recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. Christie is one of former President Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics.
Democratic Caucus Candidates
Joe Biden, incumbent President of the United States, announced his campaign for reelection on April 25, 2023. Campaigning on bipartisan accomplishments, Biden's platform include support for Democratic priorities such as abortion rights, LGBT+ rights, and immigration reform.
Marianne Williamson, a self-help author and spiritual guru and adviser, announced her candidacy on February 23, 2023. Williamson's platform includes drafting and passing an economic bill of rights and establishing a federal Department of Peace.
Dean Phillips, U.S. Representative (MN-03), announced his candidacy on October 27, 2023. Phillips is running on a platform of healthcare for all Americans, gun violence prevention, and mandating action on climate change.
Dropped Caucus Candidates
Larry Elder, 2021 California gubernatorial candidate and radio host, announced his candidacy on April 20, 2023. As a prominent conservative radio talk show personality, Elder advocated for positions such as eliminating the minimum wage, allowing for school choice, and opposing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Perry Johnson, businessman and author, announced his candidacy on March 2, 2023. As the founder of companies helping to solve compliance issues and to certify others in compliance, Johnson's campaign platform focuses predominantly on fiscal responsibility and reducing government spending.
Mike Pence, former Governor of Indiana and former Vice President, announced his candidacy on June 7, 2023. Alongside robust foreign policy positions, faith was foundational to Pence's campaign platform, specifically anti-LGBTQ viewpoints and support for a national abortion ban.
Tim Scott, senator from South Carolina, announced his candidacy on May 22, 2023. As the first Republican African-American senator from the South in a century, Scott has been a prominent voice on race in the party arguing for people of color to be “victors instead of victims." Scott's platform revolves around bringing faith back to America.
Doug Burgum, Governor of North Dakota, announced his candidacy on June 7, 2023. As Governor, Burgum enacted significant tax cuts and a near-total ban on abortion in the state. Before serving as Governor, Burgum was a software engineer and businessman, which informs Burgum's economic policy platform.