US President Joe Biden confronts a growing array of potential disruptors to his bid for re-election, spanning the political spectrum and complicating efforts to fortify his coalition for an anticipated rematch with Donald Trump.
The roster of third-party and independent contenders vying for the presidency in 2024 is expanding, propelled by the tepid approval ratings of both Biden and Trump. This discontent has given rise to a group of voters, coined “double haters” by pollsters and strategists, disenchanted with both major candidates.
Robert Kennedy Jr, scion of the renowned US political dynasty and nephew of the late former president John F Kennedy, has been pursuing an independent presidential campaign for several months. Similarly, Cornel West, the progressive activist and philosopher, is also in the fray.
Recently, Jill Stein, a left-wing activist often criticized by Democrats for her alleged impact on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, declared her intention to renew her candidacy for the Green Party in the upcoming 2024 election.
Adding to the mix, Joe Manchin, the centrist Democratic senator from West Virginia, announced his decision not to seek another term in Congress, fueling speculation about a potential White House bid. Manchin is viewed as a probable leader for a presidential ticket endorsed by No Labels, a centrist organization.