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President Joe Biden recently said that it “remains to be seen” if he will seek reelection in 2024, prompting more speculation about who might run instead.
Here are the seven individuals most likely to seek the Democratic nomination if Biden doesn’t run again, according to The Hill.
Vice President Kamala Harris
Despite underwhelming approval numbers during her tenure as VP, Harris remains the top possibility to run in Biden’s stead in 2024.
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg’s current role as Transportation secretary “has sent him around the country to boast about popular infrastructure projects —something that can only help him down the road,” the outlet noted.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)
The Hill noted that the Michigan governor “came closer than many realize to being Biden’s pick for vice president.”
The 51-year-old is currently leading her Republican gubernatorial opponent by 16 points.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA)
The California governor has been making himself known nationwide. Earlier this month, he ran aggressive billboards in states that have outlawed abortion, advertising that the procedure is still available in California.
One Democratic strategist said that Newsom still has “a lot to prove, but he has certainly made Democrats pay attention.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Warren has expressed that her main focus in 2024 is her Senate reelection campaign, but Democrats still say there would be a spot for her if Biden doesn’t run again.
But the Senator has avoided participating in 2024 presidential speculation.
“We’ve got to stop the catnip about 2024,” Warren told Axios this summer. “If we start getting tangled up on 2024, and fail to pay attention to business in 2022, that is not only going to hurt us in 2022. It is going to bite us on the rear end in 2024.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sanders is currently 81 years old, but strategists point out that his stances on certain issues resonate with their base.
The Hill noted that Sanders “has become such a staple of the Democratic Party since his first White House bid in 2016 that it’s hard to rule out a run.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
AOC would be barely eligible for a presidential run in 2024 since she turns 35 just a month before the election. But she’s one of the most well-known figures within the Democratic party.
However, there are questions over whether her policies are too liberal to win her party’s nomination or the general election.
Source: The Hill