An array of independent and third-party hopefuls is gearing up for an aggressive push as the 2024 Presidential election looms. Hoping to capitalize on American indifference and frustration with the likely Biden-Trump rematch, their roster includes Congressional members, academics, and a member of a notable political family. Their prospects are grim, given the fact that George Washington was the only person to win without party affiliation and an incumbent has not lost since 1856. However, a growing number of Americans are showing discontent with the prospect of another run by Biden and Trump, bucking historic trends.
Green Party nominee from 2012 and 2016 elections, Jill Stein, announced that she is reconsidering her choice to remain on the sidelines and is gearing up for a third presidential bid in 2024 – reflecting the growing dissatisfaction with the major parties. Further, the accumulation of votes by little-known candidates, primarily on the far left, have been known to play a critical role in shaping close elections, even if they end up on the losing side.
Additionally, a Minnesota congressman, Rep. Dean Phillips, has put forth a surprise challenge to Biden in the Democratic primary, sounding the alarm on his party’s current road to disaster. Furthermore, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was running as a Democratic nominee, is now following suit – however this time, as an independent due to his controversial views.
The possibility of a bipartisan ticket, advocated by a group called No Labels, is sowing further apprehension among Democrats. The plan, if successful, could potentially draw aspiring Biden voters, making the reelection of Trump more probable. A new group is also pushing for retiring senators Manchin and Romney to run under the No Labels ticket, eliciting criticism and further raising uncertainties surrounding the presidential election.
In light of this, the scene is set for what promises to be a tumultuous and unprecedented race to the Oval Office in 2024.