February 28, 2024

Candidate Bios: Trump and Biden on Verge of 2020 Rematch

By Natalie McGuiggan

Although the Nov. 5 general election is still several months away, many political pundits are predicting a riveting rematch in the 2024 Presidential election between incumbent President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

This unprecedented event has not occurred since the 1950’s when Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Steveson went head to head back to back in the 1952 and 1956 election, however Eisenhower won both elections. This event has only occurred six times before throughout US history. In the first four rematches, the results of the election changed the second time around, while in the two most recent ones the outcomes remained the same. If Trump were to win it would be the first time since Grover Cleveland Alexander that a President has held two non-consecutive terms, and so it is safe to say the results of the upcoming election are highly anticipated and will make history regardless of their outcomes. 

By the March 19 Illinois primary both candidates will have virtually locked up their nominations despite them having challengers on the ballot. It is likely that we will see a rematch of the 2020 election based on how voting has gone so far. Biden’s nomination specifically is said to be confirmed at the Democratic National Convention in Aug. that is being held here in Chicago. 

Meet the Candidates

Biden’s Background

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and is the oldest of his three siblings. He moved to Delaware in 1953 and graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School. He then went on to be one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate at the age of 29. He was a Senator in Delaware for 36 years and then served as the vice president with former President Barack Obama for two terms. 

Trump’s Background

Born in Queens, New York, Trump inherited a legacy of real estate success from his father, Fred Trump, who was a successful real estate developer and owned his own company, which Trump later gained control of and renamed the Trump Organization after he graduated from Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He made a name for himself in the industry and in 2004 he turned his first book “The Art of the Deal” into the reality television show, “The Apprentice.” Without any previous elected political experience, Trump won the 2016 presidential election by winning the electoral vote, though his opponent, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote.   

On Feb. 28, a Cook County judge ruled that former Trump’s name should be struck from the Illinois Republican primary ballot because he engaged in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.

2024 Presidential Campaign Finance Overview

How is each campaign doing in terms of campaign finance?

Who are the Largest Donors? 

Typically, there are four main sources of donations to congressional campaigns: PACs, or political action committees, large contributions, small individual contributions, as well as money from the candidates’ own pocket. Although large contributions are highly valued, as seen in previous years with candidates like Bernie Sanders, small individual contributions are just as important and can make all the difference. 

According to data from OpenSecrets, Biden’s source of funds comes from about 55% large contributions and 45% small individual contributions. His top contributors are Future Forward Usa Action, Greylock Partners, and Sequoia Capital. Trump’s source of funds comes from around 64% large contributions and 36% small individual contributions. Trump’s top contributors are McMahon Ventures, Hendricks Holding Co, and Crownquest Operating. 

Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Key Issues 

Where do Biden and Trump stand on some important issues? This graphic breaks it down.

How are the Presidential Candidates Trending in Google Search in Chicago?

Check out which Presidential candidate has been trending in Chicago over the last three months.

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