Here are the Republicans running for president — or seen as potential 2024 candidates

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The contest to become the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nominee is heating up, with Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nation, and longshot candidate Vivek Ramaswamy each announcing runs since the beginning of the year, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson joining the fray in a Sunday-show appearance on April 2.

Another notable move has been the rollout of a campaign-style book by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in which he argues that his approach to managing his state can provide a model for the rest of the country.

And former President Donald Trump headlined the latest Conservative Political Action Conference, after announcing back in November that he’s running again. His remarks came after Haley and Ramaswamy gave their own CPAC speeches.

So who are all the GOP politicians in the mix for 2024?

Below is MarketWatch’s list of the potential Republican presidential contenders and the status of their candidacies.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden appears poised to announce this spring that he’ll seek re-election in 2024. Democrats seem to be closing ranks behind Biden, although author and activist Marianne Williamson said she’s seeking the party’s nomination again.

Biden made a joke last week about re-election at a White House event at which he presented medals to authors, singers and other honorees. He noted that novelist Colson Whitehead had won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes.

“I’m kind of looking for a back-to-back myself,” the president said.

Related: Biden criticizes DeSantis over his Medicaid stance while in Florida

And see: 5 things to know about Nikki Haley, the Republican candidate challenging Trump in 2024

Plus: Ron DeSantis skips CPAC, says Republicans act like ‘potted plants’ when facing ‘woke ideology’



Reports or statements on candidacy

Greg Abbott

Texas governor

Abbott strategist said governor “will take a look at the situation” after state’s legislative session ends in late May

John Bolton

Former national security adviser, former ambassador to UN

He has said he may run for president in 2024

Liz Cheney

Former Wyo. congresswoman

She has said she hasn’t made a decision about a 2024 run

Chris Christie

Former N.J. governor

He said in late March that he’ll make decision on run in next 60 days

Ted Cruz

U.S. senator from Texas

He said he won’t seek the GOP presidential nomination, instead aiming for re-election in Senate

Aaron Day

Known in part for running against former N.H. GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte

He announced his candidacy in February

Ron DeSantis

Florida governor

He hasn’t made a formal announcement, but his team has rolled out a book and talked to prospective campaign staff

Nikki Haley

Former ambassador to United Nations, former S.C. governor

She announced her run in February

Larry Hogan

Former Md. governor

He said he won’t run

Asa Hutchinson

Former Ark. governor

Having promised a decision in April, he said on April 2 that he’s running. 

Perry Johnson

Businessman and former Mich. gubernatorial candidate

He announced his candidacy in early March

Brian Kemp

Ga. governor

He hasn’t ruled out running, but has said he’s “not focused on 2024“

Steve Laffey

Former Cranston, R.I., mayor

He announced his candidacy in February

Kristi Noem

S.D. governor

She has said she hasn’t ruled out a presidential run

Mike Pence

Former vice president

He has beefed up his staff but said he doesn’t feel any rush to make an announcement

Mike Pompeo

Former secretary of state

He has said he’s still deciding whether to run

Vivek Ramaswamy

Entrepreneur and author known for criticizing ESG investing, “wokeism”

He announced his candidacy in February

Kim Reynolds

Iowa governor

A former RNC chair has said she should be considered for 2024

Mike Rogers

Former Mich. congressman

He suggested an announcement on a run may come in “late spring, early summer“

Tim Scott

U.S. senator for S.C.

He has delivered speeches in Iowa, a key primary state

Francis Suarez

Mayor of Miami, Fla.

He has said he’s considering a run

Chris Sununu

N.H. governor

He has said he’s considering a run

Donald Trump

Former president

He announced in November that he’s running

Glenn Youngkin

Va. governor

He hasn’t ruled out running, but said he’s focused on Virginia

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