3rd party Cornel West candidacy could be crucial to 2024 race

By Jen Krausz on
 June 9, 2023

Far-left activist Cornel West announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidency on Monday in a Twitter video, and it may be the biggest threat so far to President Joe Biden's re-election hopes.

West, a 70-year-old former Harvard and Princeton professor, is running as a third-party candidate for the People's Party, which makes him a possible spoiler in a close race between Biden and whoever wins the GOP primary.

Former senior counsel under Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News Tuesday that West's candidacy could have a huge impact.

“Even if you don’t become president, you, as a third-party candidate spoiler can decide who is the president," she said, referring to the 1992 presidential race that made Bill Clinton president even though he only got 43.5% of the popular vote.

In that race, Ross Perot siphoned off crucial GOP votes from George H.W. Bush, denying him a second term as president. Perot got 19% of the popular vote.

West is not likely to get anywhere close to 19% in 2024, but even a few percentage points could make the difference in a close race.