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Secretary Benson releases 2024 presidential primary candidate list

LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today released the 2024 presidential primary candidate list as required by Michigan law.

Under state law, the Secretary of State is required to issue a list of individuals “generally advocated by the national news media to be potential presidential candidates” for the Republican and Democratic parties for the presidential primary election.

The Secretary of State has identified the following candidates (listed alphabetically) as potential presidential candidates in 2024:

Democratic Party

  • Joe Biden
  • Dean Phillips
  • Marianne Williamson

Republican Party

  • Doug Burgum
  • Chris Christie
  • Ron DeSantis
  • Nikki Haley
  • Asa Hutchinson
  • Vivek Ramaswamy
  • Donald Trump

“Two months ago, I made clear that under Michigan law, anyone generally advocated by the national news media to be a candidate for the Republican or Democratic nomination for president is listed on the ballot for the February 2024 primary unless a court rules otherwise,” Secretary Benson said. “Accordingly, today, as required by statute, we are publicly posting the names of the candidates who qualify under Michigan law to be listed on the ballot as a candidate for president in their respective party’s primary. Barring a court order, these candidates will be included on Michigan’s presidential primary ballot in 2024 unless they withdraw their names from consideration.”

The chairs of the Michigan Democratic and Republican parties now have until 4 p.m. Nov. 14 to add names of other candidates to the candidate list for their party. A candidate identified on either the Secretary of State’s list or the party chairperson’s candidate listing who wishes either to designate a different political party or to withdraw as a candidate has until 4 p.m. Dec. 8 to notify the Michigan Bureau of Elections of that decision.

Candidates not placed on the list by the Secretary of State or the party chairs may gain access to the Michigan presidential primary ballot if they file a nominating petition with the Secretary of State no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

The Michigan presidential primary will be Feb. 27, 2024. Along with the candidates listed on the ballot, voters also may choose “uncommitted” as an option. The deadline for primary election ballots to be sent to military and overseas voters is Jan. 13, 2024, and absent voter ballots must be printed by Jan. 18, 2024.

More information on ballot access for presidential candidates and other issues related to the 2024 elections is available on the Michigan Department of State website at

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