Which individuals are campaigning for the 2024 presidential election? Introducing the contenders

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the suspension of his presidential campaign on January 21, two days before the New Hampshire primary. In a video posted on social media, DeSantis stated that he could not ask his campaign staffers to continue without a clear path to victory. He acknowledged that a majority of Republican primary voters wanted to give former President Donald Trump another chance.

DeSantis had launched his campaign in May of the previous year, with a live appearance on Twitter Spaces alongside CEO Elon Musk. Technical issues delayed his announcement, which his team saw as a sign of his popularity. He outlined his agenda of addressing national crime rates, promoting energy independence, and addressing immigration.

In his message to primary voters, DeSantis promised that if nominated, he would be ready to take the oath of office as the 47th president of the United States on January 20, 2025 at noon. He emphasized his determination to get the job done and not make excuses.

DeSantis, who is in his second term as governor, was once seen as the main rival to Trump. The former president had already launched attacks against DeSantis before he officially entered the 2024 race. During his time in office, DeSantis gained national attention for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his involvement in cultural issues. He also focused on education policies, reshaping Florida’s public education system and getting involved in local school board races during the 2022 election cycle. Recently, he signed a law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who announced his presidential bid on April 2, was the fourth Republican to enter the race. However, he ended his campaign after the Iowa caucuses, where he placed fifth behind Trump, DeSantis, Nikki Haley, and Vivek Ramaswamy. In a statement, Hutchinson cited his message of being a principled Republican with experience and his criticism of the current frontrunner as reasons for his lack of success in Iowa.

Hutchinson, 73, served two terms as governor from 2015 to 2023 and was also a former congressman and one of the House impeachment managers for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. He has made it clear that he does not support Trump’s third attempt at winning the White House and has described the current political climate as divisive and damaging to the Republican Party.  

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