2024 NH Presidential Primary
The New Hampshire Secretary of State has yet to set a date for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, but state law requires the Granite State to vote before all others. The primary will most likely fall in January 2024. The list below includes both officially declared and potential, undeclared candidates.
Founder, Fair Fight Action; representative, Georgia House of Representatives (2007 – 2017); candidate, governor of Georgia (2018, 2022); legal consultant
Many believe Stacey Abrams’ voter organization is responsible for flipping Georgia blue in the 2020 presidential election. She is also a powerful fundraiser, although her past two gubernatorial campaigns have almost run out of money – and neither campaign resulted in victory. Abrams is still active in politics, however, and her name still comes up as a possible successor to Biden.
U.S. President (2021 - present); U.S. Vice President (2008 - 2016); Senator, U.S. Senate (1972 - 2008)
U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2020 - present); Mayor, South Bend, Indiana (2012 - 2020); Consultant, McKinsey and Company (2007 - 2010); Conference Director, Cohen Group (2004 - 2005); policy and research specialist, John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign; Lieutenant, Naval Reserve
Vice President of the United States (2021 - present); Senator, U.S. Senate (2016 - 2020); Attorney General, California (2010 - 2016)
Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (1986 - 2017); founder, Waterkeeper Alliance; founder, Children's Health Defense; anti-vaccine activist; author
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spent most of his career working as an environmental lawyer. In recent years he has dedicated his energy to anti-vaccine campaigns. When asked about a presidential run during a visit to the NHIOP, Kennedy said, "I have passed the biggest hurdle, that my wife has greenlighted it. If things go great, we will have the funniest first lady in history, and we all need a lot of laughs, right?" (Kennedy is married to actress Cheryl Hines.)
Senator, U.S. Senate (2006 - present); Hennepin County attorney (1998 - 2006)
Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2019 – present)
A firebrand in the U.S. House of Representatives with a knack for reaching younger voters through social media, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez represents a new generation of progressive Democrats. Still, Ocasio-Cortez herself has expressed doubt as to whether she could win a presidential run. Last year she told GQ that she feels “conflicted” telling little girls they can grow up to be president someday because, while she wants to believe that anything is possible, “at the same time, my experience here has given me a front-row seat to how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women. And they hate women of color.”
Governor, Colorado (2019 – present); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2009-2019); Founder, ProFlowers
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis began gaining presidential buzz when he won reelection handily in the last election, carrying his party to victory in a number of down-ballot races. His brand of Democratic politics emphasizes smaller government and personal responsibility, while also focusing on early childhood education and renewable energy. This makes some believe he could win over both Democrats and Republicans in 2024. He hasn’t said one way or the other if he’ll run, telling Axios, "I'm focused 100% on serving the people of Colorado."
Governor of Illinois (2019 – present); billionaire businessman
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker sparked presidential speculation with trips to early voting states, including New Hampshire. He is a billionaire who could certainly finance his own presidential campaign. Like most Democrats, Pritzker says he will support Biden in 2024, but much of his rhetoric as governor focuses on former president Trump and other “demagogues” in the Republican party (a coded reference to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis).
Senator, U.S. Senate (2006 - present); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (1990 - 2006); Mayor, City of Burlington (1981 - 1989)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016 and 2020 and was defeated both times. However, his progressive policy priorities – such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal – have left their mark on the Democratic Party. Sanders says he would support Biden in 2024, but if Biden chooses not to run, Sanders might make one more presidential run. He would be the oldest candidate in the race, however; he will turn 83 in 2024.
Senator, U.S. Senate (2012 - present); Professor, Harvard Law School; Chair, Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
Elizabeth Warren was an academic before winning a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. She brands herself as a watchdog for Wall Street and is known for verbal sparring with former president Trump. In January 2023 Warren said she will run for reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2024 and supports a second term for president Biden. If Biden steps down, however, she could step up.
Author; political activist; founder, Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living; founder, Project Angel Food; co-founder, The Peace Alliance
U.S. National Security Advisor (2018 - 2019); U.S. Representative to the United Nations (2005 - 2006); Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2001 - 2005); Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1989 - 1993); United States Assistant Attorney General (1985 - 1989); Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2017 – 2023); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2002 – 2003, 2005 – 2007); foreign policy and international law
Former U.S. representative Liz Cheney has said she will do “whatever it takes” to make sure former president Donald Trump is not the Republican nominee in 2024, which might include running against him. She would face an uphill battle among some Republicans who believe she betrayed her party by joining the House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Cheney lost her 2022 midterm primary in Wyoming.
Governor of New Jersey (2010 - 2018); U.S. District Attorney in New Jersey (2002 - 2008); Campaign Counsel, Bush for President Campaign (2000)
Senator, U.S. Senate (2012 - present); Partner ,Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership; Solicitor General of Texas (2003 - 2008); Director, Office of Policy Planning Federal Trade Commission (2001 - 2003)
Ted Cruz has not said outright whether he will run for president in 2024, but he has announced he will seek reelection next year to the Senate. Texas’s state election code would allow him to still run for president under these circumstances, however. “I think there will be plenty of time to discuss the 2024 presidential race. I’m running for reelection to the Senate,” he said in a recent interview.
Governor of Florida (2019 – present); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2013 – 2018); Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (2017 - 2018); governor, South Carolina (2011 - 2017); representative, South Carolina House of Representatives (2004 - 2010)
Governor of Arkansas (2015 – 2023); Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2003 - 2005); administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (2001 - 2003); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (1997 – 2001); co-founder, Hutchinson Group, LLC
Former President and COO, Morgan Keegan and Company (1992 - 2001); Mayor, Cranston, RI (2003 - 2007); candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (2014); candidate, U.S. Senate (2006)
After a decade working in finance, Steve Laffey served as mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island from 2003 to 2007. While his residence is in Colorado, he told WMUR, "I'm here for three months. I'm living in Manchester. My kids are coming. My family will come. You thought the Kennedys campaigned hard in the '60s? Every single person in New Hampshire will meet my family. And we're going to breakthrough right here, right in New England, where I'm from."
Governor, South Dakota (2019 – present); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2011 – 2019); representative, South Dakota House of Representatives (2007 - 2011)
Vice president of the United States (2017 – 2021); governor of Indiana (2013 – 2017); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2001 – 2013)
U.S. Secretary of State (2018 – 2021); Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2017 – 2018); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2011 – 2017); former president, Sentry International; Captain, U.S. Army
Mike Pompeo is the only person to ever serve as Director of the CIA and then Secretary of State, both under former president Trump. He doesn’t support Trump’s 2024 campaign, however, and tweeted, “We need more seriousness, less noise, and leaders who are looking forward, not staring in the rearview mirror claiming victimhood.” Pompeo says he will decide on a presidential campaign later this spring.
Founder, Roivant Sciences; co-founder, Strive Asset Management; author
Vivek Ramaswamy is an entrepreneur who gained attention from Republicans after publishing “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.” In an editorial announcing his campaign he wrote, “I am launching not only a political campaign but a cultural movement to create a new American Dream—one that is not only about money but about the unapologetic pursuit of excellence.” Ramaswamy is new to politics and may face an uphill battle on name recognition.
Senator, U.S. Senate (2011 - present); Speaker, Florida State House of Representatives (2006 - 2008); Majority Leader, Florida State House of Representatives (2003 - 2006); Representative, Florida State House of Representatives (2000 - 2008); Attorney
Senator, U.S. Senate (2013 – present); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2011 – 2013); financial services
Sen. Tim Scott has begun building out campaign infrastructure, including hiring for a super PAC, and recently held an event in Iowa. A U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Scott would be running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination against fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley, who served as governor of that state. He said in his recent Iowa speech, “I see a future where common sense has rebuilt common ground, where we’ve created real unity, not by compromising away our conservatism, but by winning converts to our conservatism.”
NH Governor (2016 - present); Executive Councilor (2010 - 2016); Owner/Director, Sununu Enterprises; CEO, Waterville Valley Ski Resort; Strategic Consultant; Environmental Engineer
U.S. President (2016 - 2020); Businessman; Television personality; Author; CEO, The Trump Organization; Chairman, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Inc.
Governor of Virginia (2022 – present); CEO, Carlyle Group
Glenn Youngkin’s successful 2021 bid for governor of Virginia won him national attention. His focus on empowering parents in the school system was particularly appealing to many Republicans. Youngkin has appeared with Republicans running for governor in other states, suggesting his own national ambitions.