Former President Trump: The clear front-runner in the race, Trump’s polling lead has been increasing steadily. However, he remains a contentious choice for a general election, with numerous controversies, including legal issues and allegations of misconduct, surrounding him.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis: DeSantis’s support poses the most significant threat to Trump. Known for his involvement in various social controversies, he has faced criticism for his stance on issues like abortion. His outspoken approach and recent gaffes have affected his standing in the polls.
Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley: Despite a lack of traction in national polls, Haley’s campaign focuses on early states like Iowa and New Hampshire, banking on her hard work and early entry into the race.
Senator Tim Scott (S.C.): Scott is a firm conservative who appeals to many, using his life story as a counter-argument to systemic racism in America. His campaign has gained endorsements and support from a well-financed super PAC.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin: Despite initially seeming to rule out a 2024 bid, Youngkin might be reconsidering his decision. His 2021 victory in Virginia has won him many supporters within the party.
Former Vice President Pence: Pence would usually have a strong chance given his deep roots in the evangelical movement and his experience as Vice President. However, his resistance to Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results has negatively affected his image among GOP primary voters.
Vivek Ramaswamy: An entrepreneur with no political background, Ramaswamy has managed to make a dent in the polls with his headline-grabbing proposals, presenting himself as a youthful, anti-establishment figure.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: Christie has been a vocal critic of Trump, despite endorsing him in the 2016 campaign. However, his chances of victory seem slim.
Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson: A mild-mannered, business-friendly conservative, Hutchinson doesn’t quite match up to the larger personalities in the campaign and barely registers in national polls.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum: A social conservative with a successful business career, Burgum is a relative outsider known only to political enthusiasts