After a contentious exchange with Donald Trump, doubts are hanging over Joe Biden’s bid for the US presidency in 2024, which has prompted conversations inside the Democratic Party on backup plans in case he decides to leave.

Challenges Ahead

Currently serving as the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden is a key player in the election process. Though he doesn’t now have a clear opponent, his performance has raised questions regarding possible successors. Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution claims that the party faces a difficult task in trying to replace Biden.

Scenarios in Case of Biden’s Withdrawal

There are a few choices available to him if he decides to stand down. His roughly four thousand delegates would be free to back other contenders, creating the conditions for a close contest for the nomination. The choice of a new candidate, who would either lead the party into the general election or directly fight Donald Trump, would be made under the direction of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Potential Democratic Contenders

Prominent individuals including California Governor Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris have criticised Biden’s debate performance while reiterating their party loyalty, despite the public’s present support for him. Governors JB Pritzker of Illinois, Andy Beshear of Kentucky, and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan are other possible contenders who might contend for the nomination in a contested convention.

Nomination Process

Candidates need the signatures of at least 600 conference delegates in order to be declared the winner. If a majority could not be reached, delegates would negotiate to choose a nominee in a brokered convention, a procedure Democrats had not seen in 52 years.

Post-Convention Selection

In the event that Biden steps down after the convention in August, the 435 members of the Democratic National Committee will be tasked with proposing a replacement. In a special session, DNC members from different constituencies will endorse a candidate in accordance with the guidelines established by the DNC Rules Committee. Electronic or in-person voting methods would coincide with Election Day on November 5.


The uncertainty surrounding Joe Biden’s candidature in the 2024 US Presidential Election underscores the necessity for the Democratic Party to have a workable backup plan. The party is ready for an exciting election season because prospective successors are positioned to compete for delegates’ support and successfully navigate a brokered convention.

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