Meet the Republicans vying to run for the White House

Donald Trump and John Anthony Castro remain in the race, from which Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, Asa Hutchinson, Vivek Ramaswamy, Mike Pence, Chris Christie, Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, Francis Suarez, Larry Elder, William Hurd, Rollan Roberts II, Ryan Binkley and Perry Johnson have withdrawn.

At this moment, the race to be the next Republican Party candidate for the presidency goes through Donald Trump. The former president leads all polls by a wide margin. The only rival who comes close to the tycoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, is losing ground in the wake of Trump's vicissitudes with Justice.

Donald Trump

On Nov. 15, 2022, with the polls of the last midterms still hot, Donald Trump announced his official candidacy at a crowded rally. The former president was the first to do so and has dominated the news and publicity over his rivals both due to his overwhelming lead in the polls and for his legal problems.

Nikki Haley (withdrawn)

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley was the first ethnic minority woman and the youngest to become governor of South Carolina, in 2010. She won re-election in 2014, although she left office to become U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under Trump. Despite assuring that she would never run for office if the former president did so, she finally announced her candidacy on X, formerly Twitter on Feb. 14, 2023. Aware that she is at a disadvantage in comparison to her endorser and other names that have been mentioned but not yet announced, Haley boasted that this is a situation to which she is accustomed, but from which she has always come out on top: "When people underestimate me, it's always fun. But I've never lost an election, and I'm not going to start now."

She formally announced her withdrawal on Wednesday, March 6, after polls closed on Super Tuesday, which Donald Trump swept by a landslide.

John Anthony Castro

This Hispanic politician, based in Laredo, Texas, ran in late 2022 for the Republican primary. Many consider him a long shot. He began his career in the Democratic Party before switching to the GOP. He ran three times for the House of Representatives and the Senate, losing each time. He is a tax consultant, who during the beginning of his campaign gained media attention for suing Donald Trump. Castro has claimed that Trump was a "false prophet." He aims to take the former president out of the race for the White House.

Ron DeSantis (withdrawn)

The Florida governor announced his withdrawal on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. After a disappointing campaign, and a Pyrrhic victory over Nikki Haley in Iowa, DeSantis said enough is enough and expressed his support for Donald Trump.

After much procrastination, the governor of Florida decided to take the plunge on May 24. In his presentation he offered to "lead the return of our Great America". Trump's dolphin-turned-shark jumps into the ring as the great rival of his former mentor.

Vivek Ramaswamy (withdrawn)

The businessman announced the end of his candidacy after the Iowa caucuses, where he finished fourth with 7.7% of registered votes. Ramaswamy immediately endorsed Trump.

The businessman, the son of Indian immigrants, announced that he is running as a Republican candidate during a televised interview. Firm defender of meritocracy and staunch enemy of progressive ideologies, The New Yorker appointed him "general manager of Anti-Woke, Inc.". If he were to become the White House, his first measures would be: ending affirmative action (positive discrimination); abandoning the climate religion; completely decoupling from China; or limiting the terms of office of federal bureaucrats to eight years.

Tim Scott (withdrawn)

The South Carolina senator announced he will compete for the Republican nomination during a rally at Charleston Southern University. The legislator assured that his candidacy is "living proof that the United States is the land of opportunity and not oppression". During his speech, Scott took aim at Biden, saying the country had become "a nation that backslides" on personal responsibility, hard work, religious freedom and "the worship of God himself." He also said that if elected he will fight Mexican cartels with the Armed Forces and will strengthen military capacity to confront enemy countries.

On Nov. 12, Scott confirmed he was withdrawing his candidacy for the 2024 Republican primary. "I think the voters, who are the most extraordinary people on the planet, have been really clear in telling me, 'Not now, Tim,'" he declared. He initially ruled out supporting another candidate or aspiring to be vice president in the event that the Republican Party regained the White House in the next presidential balloting.

Chris Christie (withdrawn)

The former New Jersey governor entered the GOP primary with polls heavily against him. However, Christie entered the presidential race strong with a promise to take down Donald Trump. During the event at which he announced his candidacy, in New Hampshire, Christie charged several times against Trump, whom he considered a danger to the Republican Party.

A 60-year-old lawyer, he managed to dye a blue state red twice, 2009 and 2013. In this second election, he exceeded 60% of the vote and became the first to do so since 1985. This will be his second attempt to get into the White House after in 2016 he torched Sen. Marco Rubio and then dropped out of the race after the New Hampshire primary.

Christie decided to withdraw his candidacy on Wednesday, January 10, after failing to enthuse "moderate" voters in the Republican Party.

Asa Hutchinson (withdrawn)

The former Arkansas governor also announced his campaign during a television interview. The former undersecretary of Homeland Security for Border Security and Transportation during the George W. Bush Administration has publicly stated that "Trump should not be the next president" and that "the last thing we need is a Trump vs. Biden rerun" in 2024. Hutchinson says he is running because Americans are looking for leaders who represent the best of the country and who "don't simply appeal to our worst instincts."

The results in the Iowa Republican caucuses led Hutchinson to drop out. The former Arkansas governor received barely 0.2% of the vote, which motivated his decision. Unlike other former candidates, he did not make a statement as to who he would endorse in the presidential election.

Doug Burgum (withdrawn)

The North Dakota governor introduced his candidacy forthe GOP primary with a video, a column in the Wall Street Journaland a speaking event in Fargo. After twice winning elections to lead his home state, Burgum is running in the 2024 presidential election with the idea of being the moderate and quiet choice of the Republican Party. He considers himself a rural conservative and a self-made entrepreneur.

Burgum starts with a good reputation in his home state, but is little known outside of North Dakota. His fortune allows him to afford the expenses of the campaign. Key ideas such as energy, the economy and the well-being of families are very present in its program. Concepts that, he claims, Joe Biden has forgotten about during his presidency.

Mike Pence (withdrawn)

Mike Pence filed the necessary paperwork on Monday, June 5, to run in the Republican primaries and the 2024 presidential election. Donald Trump's vice president was during the previous months preparing a pre-campaign in some key states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. The candidate has the support of the Committed to America Super PAC and polls initially give him 5% in the primary, behind Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.

Mike Pence disassociated himself from Donald Trump in the twilight of his vice presidency. After the events of January 6, Pence further distanced himself from Trump and refused to follow his criticism of the election that gave victory to Joe Biden.

Ryan Binkley (withdrawn)

The pastor and businessman announced his withdrawal after the results of the Michigan primary were known, announcing that he is endorsing Trump as the Republican candidate.

The Richardson, Texas, businessman and CEO of Generational Group announced in an exclusive interview with Voz Media that he was joining the presidential race on the Republican side to "unify the country." This is one of the ideas that the Texan emphasized during the announcement of his candidacy. Binkley also mentioned important issues such as the border crisis. Together with his wife, he is pastor of the Create Church, a religious initiative they founded together. A religious message is central to the Binkley campaign.

Francis Suarez (withdrawn)

The Cuban-born Miami mayor is the first Hispanic and third Floridian in the running to represent the GOP in the presidential race. He is a Republican close to the Democratic ticket, who went so far as to vote for Andrew Gillum over Ron DeSantis the first time he ran. He announced his candidacy the same week Donald Trump testified in city court over classified documents he kept at Mar-a-Lago, boasting the security arrangements he put in place prevented incidents.

On August, 29, Suarez said on X (Twitter) that he has "decided to suspend [his] campaign for President" after failing to qualify for the GOP debate held on FOX last week.

William Hurd (withdrawn)

William Hurd announced that he is withdrawing from the presidential race and expressed his support for Nikki Haley. In his farewell message, the former CIA officer indicates that the former U.S. ambassador to the UN is the right person to tackle national challenges. "Our nation deserves a leader who can unite us and navigate the complex challenges we face, particularly when it comes to our national security. I believe Ambassador Nikki Haley is the best person in this race to do that. Ambassador Haley has shown a willingness to articulate a different vision for the country than Donald Trump and has an unmatched grasp on the complexities of our foreign policy. I wholeheartedly endorse Ambassador Haley and look forward to supporting her for the remainder of this race."

Larry Elder (withdrawn)

The well-known communicator announced on October 26 that he is withdrawing from the presidential race and endorsing Donald Trump.

Previously, officialized his decision to run for the Republican nomination during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News. Elder said on Twitter that he made this decision because "America is in decline, but this decline is not inevitable. We can enter a new American Golden Age, but we must elect a leader who can take us there."

Rollan Roberts II

The businessman, a former member of the U.S. delegation to South Sudan, has worked as an advisor to national governments on diplomacy, national security, entrepreneurship, education and water issues. His goal is to "offer a different vision and spirit for the United States of the 22nd century that elevates and unifies the political discourse of our time."

Perry Johnson (withdrawn)

The businessman brands himself as a "Trump without the baggage." He supported the former president in his 2016 and 2020 White House bids. He has made pardoning Donald Trump one of the centerpieces of his campaign, calling on the rest of the conservative candidates, and even Joe Biden, to join him in this measure. In his book "Two Cents to Save America," he presents his plan to end the national debt.