Washington — Theis taking shape by the week, as more candidates jump in and others bow out.
Seven Republicans so far have launched their campaigns for the party's nomination, and President Biden officiallywith a video released on April 25, exactly four years after he entered the race in 2020.
The field of GOP presidential hopefuls is expected to grow as campaign season progresses, but with the first presidential primary still nearly a year away, a lot can change before voters head to the polls.
Here is the current field of candidates, those who may enter the race and others who decided against it.
The 2024 presidential incumbent
After months of saying that it was his "intention" to run for reelection, Mr. Biden made it official on April 25 with the release of a video declaring "let's finish this job."
"When I ran for president four years ago, I said we are in a battle for the soul of America — and we still are," the president said in the three-minute-long video. "The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom, more rights or fewer. I know what I want the answer to be. This is not a time to be complacent. That's why I'm running for reelection."
Mr. Biden sought to draw distinctions between his administration's policy positions and those of his political opponents by using footage of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol andoutside of the Supreme Court, as well as images of Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, former President Donald Trump and GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
"Around the country, MAGA extremists are lining up to take those bedrock freedoms away," Mr. Biden said. "Cutting social security that you've paid for your entire life while cutting taxes for the very wealthy. Dictating what health care decisions women can make, banning books, and telling people who they can love. All while making it more difficult for you to be able to vote."
The president said that it is the time for Americans "to defend democracy, stand up for our personal freedoms, stand up for the right to vote and our civil rights."
"Let's finish this job, I know we can," he said, "because this is the United States of America. And there's nothing we can't do if we do it together."
Mr. Biden's reelection announcement had been anticipated for months, though the timing had shifted from January to February and finally April.
People familiar with the ongoing planning told CBS News that the president was in no hurry to launch his campaign and take media attention from leading GOP contenders Trump and DeSantis, who have begun duking it out. And now, there's the indictment of Trump by a grand jury in New York, which has unclear political and legal implications.
Mr. Biden's announcement came as a special counsel waswith classified markings that were discovered at his former office at a think tank and his residence in Wilmington, Delaware.
The 2024 Republican presidential candidates
Trump was the first candidate of either party to formallya 2024 presidential run, launching his campaign in a November speech from Mar-a-Lago, his South Florida resort. Since then, Trump has spent little time on the campaign trail but has ramped up his travel in recent weeks with visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states on the GOP primary calendar.
Considered to be the early frontrunner for the GOP nomination, Trump delivered the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 4 after winning its straw poll of attendees.
While Trump remains popularity within the GOP, his. In March, he became the when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted him on charges related to a "hush money" payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
On May 9, Trump wasbrought by columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claimed Trump raped her in a department store fitting room in the 1990s and defamed her when she came forward several years ago. He also denied those allegations. The jury did not find that he raped Carroll, but did find that he sexually abused her, and ordered him to pay her roughly $5 million. The bar for finding someone liable in a civil case is lower than the burden of proof required to secure a criminal conviction, and does not count as a criminal record.
In addition to twoled by special counsel Jack Smith — one into his handling of documents marked classified discovered at Mar-a-Lago, and the second into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election — there is an ongoing probe from local prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia.
Still, Trump told reporters at CPAC that an indictment would not deter him from seeking the presidency.
"I wouldn't even think about leaving," the former president said when asked whether he would stay in the race if charged.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump,for the Republican presidential nomination in mid-February, becoming the first challenger to her former boss.
In her pitch to voters, Haley, 51, has characterized herself as part of a new generation of Republican leadership and proposed mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over the age of 75 — a subtle jab at Trump, who is 76, and Mr. Biden, who is 80.
The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, and served two terms as governor. She was the top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations during the Trump administration from January 2017 to December 2018.
Ramaswamy, a former biotech executive, is considered a longshot for the Republican nomination but is so far only the third Republican to.
At 37 years old and with a net worth of roughly $600 million, Ramaswamy has declared himself an "anti-woke" capitalist and decried corporate investment based on environmental, social and governance principles.
Ramaswamy is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and has ties to Sen. J.D. Vance and major GOP donor Peter Thiel.
Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder was a gubernatorial candidate during California's 2021 recall effort. The recall effort failed and Gov. Gavin Newsom kept his post, but Elder received the most votes — nearly 3.6 million — out of a large field trying to replace Newsom.
Elder announced his bid for president in April on Fox News.
Hutchinson, the former governor of Arkansas, became the fourth Republican toa 2024 presidential bid when he said he was getting in the race on April 2.
Hutchinson, 72, served two terms as governor from 2015 to 2023. A former congressman, he was also one of the House impeachment managers for President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
He has said he opposes Trump's third attempt to win the White House, describing a possible Trump 2024 nomination as the "worst scenario."
Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina, ended speculation about his political future on May 19 afterof his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. He his presidential campaign at an event in his hometown of North Charleston on May 22.
"We live in the land of opportunity. We live in the land where it is absolutely possible for a kid raised in poverty, in a single-parent household, in a small apartment to one day serve in the people's House and maybe even the White House," Scott said in his campaign announcement.
He's betting on the appeal of his upbeat vision for the country. "I see that America is starving for positive, optimistic leadership,"CBS News political correspondent Caitlin Huey-Burns .
In that interview, he also declined twice to commit to supporting Trump, if the former president wins the GOP nomination.
The Florida governorwith the Federal Election Commission to run for president on May 24, hours before he formally launched his campaign in a alongside the platform's CEO, Elon Musk.
The conversation was beset by technical issues that delayed DeSantis' announcement. His team said the hiccups demonstrated his popularity, since he "literally busted up the internet."
He laid out an agenda of tackling national crime rates, promoting energy independence and addressing immigration.
"To voters who are participating in this primary process, my pledge to you is this: If you nominate me you can set your clock to January 20, 2025 at high noon, because on the west side of the U.S. Capitol I will be taking the oath of office as the 47th president of the United States. No excuses. I will get the job done," the governor said.
The Florida governor is in his second term and is so far considered to be the chief rival to Trump. The former president leveled attacks against DeSantis even before the governor officially entered the 2024 race, and while DeSantis largely declined to push back, that is expected to change now that he is officially a presidential candidate.
During his time in Tallahassee, DeSantis has gained national recognition for his COVID-19 policies and embrace of the culture wars. DeSantis has also leaned into education issues, reshaping Florida's public education policies and engaging in local school board races during the 2022 election cycle, and recentlya ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
His efforts as governor have won him popularity with some Republican voters, though an April CBS News poll of likely GOP voters shows he still trails Trump in the primary.
DeSantis skipped CPAC this year and insteadat a retreat hosted by the conservative Club for Growth.
The 2024 Democratic presidential candidates
Williamson is the first Democrat to officially declare her candidacy, jumping into the race despite indications that the president will seek another term.
Her decision to run positions Williamson as the first primary challenger to Mr. Biden, though it's highly unlikely she'll win the Democratic nomination.
Williamson, 70, is an author and spiritual adviser who sought the Democratic nomination in 2020 but failed to gain traction among the crowded field of candidates. After, she threw her support behind Andrew Yang in the Iowa caucuses.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Democrat, an anti-vaccine activist and scion of one of the country's most famous political families, is running for president. He filed a statement of candidacy on Apr. 5 with the Federal Election Commission.
The 69-year-old's campaign to challenge incumbent President Biden for the Democratic nomination is a long shot.
Kennedy, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the son of his slain brother Robert F. Kennedy, was once a bestselling author and environmental lawyer who worked on issues such as clean water.
But more than 15 years ago, he became fixated on a belief that vaccines are not safe and emerged as one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccine movement, and his work has been described by public health experts — and even members of his own family — as misleading and dangerous. His anti-vaccineand development of the COVID-19 vaccine, and during the pandemic, his anti-vaccine charity saw revenues double" to $6.8 million, according to filings made with charity regulators.
Kennedy released a book in 2021, "The Real Anthony Fauci," in which he accused the U.S.'s top infectious disease doctor of assisting in "a historic coup d'etat against Western democracy" and promoted unproven COVID-19 treatments such as ivermectin, which is meant to treat parasites, and the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
The Republicans who are not yet in the 2024 presidential race
Theand Indiana governor will launch his presidential campaign next week in Des Moines, Iowa, according to multiple sources.
Pence, who has been visiting early-voting states while he mulled entering the race, has suggested he believes it's time for the GOP to move on from Trump.
"I think we're going to have new leadership in this party and in this country," hein January.
Pence also hasto supporting Trump if he is the Republican nominee, instead saying that he believes GOP voters will choose "wisely again" in 2024 and thinks "different times call for different leadership."
While Pence has promoted the policies of the Trump administration, he has alsothe former president for his actions on Jan. 6, saying in November that Trump's words were "reckless" and put him and his family, who were on Capitol Hill that day for the joint session of Congress, in danger.
Former New Jersey Governor and 2016 presidential candidateis expected to announce his second White House bid on June 6, in New Hampshire, according to two sources familiar with his plans.
Longtime Christie allies, led by veteran operative Brian Jones and Christie confidant Bill Palatucci, have formed Tell It Like It Is, a super PAC to support Christie's presidential efforts, which are likely to be formally announced in the coming two weeks, according to two people familiar with the plans. The New York Times first reported the formation of the super PAC.
Christie is likely to be the only candidate so far who is willing to openly and regularly criticize former President Donald Trump, whose presidency he once supported. He has not hesitated to slam Trump on social media and at events.
At a town hall in New Hampshire in April, according to the AP, he told voters, "Donald Trump is a TV star, nothing more, nothing less. Let me suggest to you that in putting him back in the White House, the reruns will be worse than the original show."
Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, has not held back in criticizing Trump and provided a preview of his pitch to voters during anlast month, during which he promoted a "New Hampshire model" of leadership.
Sununu said the American people are "tired of extreme candidates" and partisan gridlock.
In 2021, Sununua run for the Senate to challenge first-term Democrat Maggie Hassan and opted instead to seek a fourth term as governor, which he won in November.
There has been speculation as to whether Youngkin, the governor of Virginia, would launch a bid for the White House in 2024. During an event hosted by the Milken Institute, Youngkin"no" when asked whether he would be returning to the campaign trail this year.
"I'm going to be working in Virginia this year," he said, adding that he hasn't been spending time in Iowa and hasn't written a book, a contrast to other GOP officials who may be interested in a presidential run.
An aide to Youngkin clarified to NBC News that the governor responded to a question asking about his plans for this year, 2023 — not 2024.
CBS New learned that Burgum, North Dakota's governor, ison whether to make a bid for the White House and has started hiring political consultants who have worked on past GOP presidential campaigns.
Burgum has served as North Dakota's governor since 2016 and was reelected in 2020. A former software company CEO, he grew Great Plains Software into a $1 billion company that acquired by Microsoft.
Who's definitely not running in 2024?
The former Maryland governorSunday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president after giving it "serious consideration."
Hogan said his decision not to pursue the presidency may make it more difficult for Trump to claim the nomination.
PompeoApril 13 he will not be joining the race, saying "this isn't the time."
"This isn't our moment," Pompeo told Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier," referring to the decision he had made with his wife.
When asked whether Trump's lead in the polls factored into his decision, Pompeo said, "not at all."
He left the door open to a future run.