Independent Candidates Look To Shake Up 2024 Presidential Election

With the 2024 presidential election less than a year away, some Americans are unhappy with the prospects of a rematch between former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden, which has attracted many third-party candidates to consider running.

According to an August poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 75% of Americans believe that Biden should not run for re-election.

“This is really fertile ground now for independent politics,” said Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee in 2012 and 2016. “There’s so much hunger for principled politics, a politics of integrity, and for options outside of the two zombie candidates that are being forced down our throats, and the two zombie political parties.”

In recent years, independent candidates have gained momentum in attracting many Americans to consider abandoning the Democratic and Republican parties.

In 2016, Stein received 1.5 million votes, while her Libetarian counterpart Gary Johnson received around 4 million votes. Many Democrats believe that Stein and Johnson cost Hillary Clinton the election.

Stein, who is running again, is not the only independent that can be a problem for the two party system in 2024.

According to a recent poll, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is popular among Independents. The ex-Democrat turned Independent received 22% of the votes in a hypothetical three-way race against Biden and Trump.

In another survey conducted by Harvard CAPS-Harris, RFK Jr. is the most favorable candidate, leading with 47%, followed by Trump at 45%.

Both Democrat and Republican campaign strategists anticipate trouble from third-party candidates in the upcoming election. Many liberals could favor Stein, RFK Jr., or former Green Party candidate Cornel West, who has a loyal following that could take crucial votes away from Biden in swing states.

West’s campaign centers around the idea that the American people are “hungry for change.”

“It is long past time to stop ping-ponging between Republicans and Democrats while millions of our friends and neighbors lack housing, health care, decent jobs, clean air, clean water, nutritious food, and a healthy environment,” said West’s campaign.

On the other hand, RFK Jr. could steal much-needed votes for Trump. With his growing popularity with conservatives, RFK Jr. could help clench Biden’s re-election.

“Kennedy of course seems right this moment to be pulling potentially from both,” said O’Brien Murray, a veteran political strategist. “His numbers as an independent are significant.”

With many Americans not favoring either Biden or Trump, independents are sure to have an influence on the outcome of the 2024 election.