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10 things to know before the 2024 presidential election

By Jake Beardslee · February 3, 2024

The Race Begins

The 2024 presidential election campaign is starting to heat up. Candidates are announcing their intentions to run and gearing up for primary season.  Carol M. Highsmith/Wikimedia

Divided Parties

Democrats are split between progressive policies like Medicare for All and Biden's moderate agenda. Republicans continue to grapple with Trump's influence and anti-establishment base.  Joe Biden: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (source: Joe Biden); User:TDKR Chicago 101 (clipping)Donald Trump: Shealah Craighead (source: White House)–°ombination: krassotkin/Wikimedia

Election Integrity in Focus

Controversy over 2020 results has led to voting reforms favored by Trump that Democrats argue restrict access. Cybersecurity is key after previous foreign interference efforts.  Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos/Wikimedia

Economy and Inflation Top Concerns

High inflation could hurt Biden, who pushes big spending plans despite critics warning of costs. Trump points to a strong economy under his leadership pre-pandemic.  President Joe Biden/Wikimedia

Foreign Policy Challenges

Trump touted an "America First" doctrine, while Biden aims to repair strained alliances. Both must balance countering China and Russia with non-interventionism sentiment.  White House/Wikimedia

Healthcare Reform Remains Elusive

Biden expanded the Affordable Care Act but faces calls from progressives for universal healthcare. Trump still seeks to repeal the ACA despite previous failures.  Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco/Wikimedia

Immigration Crisis

Surges in border crossings and debate over solutions have put immigration at the forefront. Candidates are weighing approaches to border security, enforcement, and pathways to citizenship. Trump would likely resume his hardline approach; Democrats are divided on solutions.  Amyyfory/Wikimedia

Tax Policy in Dispute

Biden seeks higher rates on the wealthy and corporations, while Trump passed tax cuts skewed toward the top. Approaches reflect wider partisan differences.  The White House/Wikimedia

Supreme Court in the Balance

With conservative justices appointed under Trump, Biden could shift the Court left if given the chance. This will motivate voters on both sides.  Joe Ravi/Wikimedia

Who's Running for President in 2024?

As the 2024 election approaches, President Biden and former President Trump have emerged as the Democratic and Republican frontrunners. However, they face challenges from within their parties, including Marianne Williamson and Nikki Haley. Third party candidates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have also entered the race.  Glenn Youngkin/Wikimedia