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Third-Party Group No Labels Expected To Move Forward With Nominating 2024 Presidential Candidate

The third-party presidential movement No Labels is planning to move toward fielding a presidential candidate in the November election, even as high-profile contenders for the ticket have decided not to run, two people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

After months of leaving open whether the group would offer a ticket, No Labels delegates are expected to vote Friday in favor of launching a presidential campaign for this fall’s election, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the group’s internal deliberations.

No Labels will not name its presidential and vice presidential picks on Friday, when roughly 800 delegates meet virtually in a private meeting. The group is instead expected to debut a formal selection process late next week for potential candidates who would be selected in the coming weeks, the people said.

Democratic President Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump’s romp on Super Tuesday all but ensured a November rematch of the 2020 election. Polls suggest many Americans don’t have favorable views of Biden or Trump, a dynamic No Labels sees as an opening to offer a bipartisan ticket. But Biden supporters worry No Labels will pull votes away from the president in battleground states and are critical of how the group won’t disclose its donors or much of its decision-making.

No Labels officials would not publicly confirm plans for Friday’s meeting. In a statement, senior strategist Ryan Clancy said only, “We expect our delegates to encourage the process to continue.”

The two people familiar with the group noted that No Labels’ plans could change ahead of the vote. But they said there has been enthusiasm across its regional chapters for running a candidate, giving momentum to the idea of a vote on Friday.

The group has been weighing what it would present as a “unity ticket” to appeal to voters unhappy with both Biden and Trump. No Labels’ strategists have said they’ll give their ballot line to a bipartisan ticket with a presidential nominee from one major party and a vice presidential nominee from the other if they see a viable path to victory.

Group officials have said they are communicating with several potential candidates but have not disclosed any names.

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has said she’s not interested in running as a No Labels candidate. After Haley dropped out of the Republican race on Wednesday, No Labels in a statement congratulated her for “running a great campaign and appealing to the large swath of commonsense voters.”

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who is not seeking re-election this year, has said he will not seek the presidency. Republican former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who had been involved with No Labels, is instead seeking a U.S. Senate seat in November.

No Labels has stockpiled cash from people it has declined to name, including former Republican donors who have become disenchanted with the party’s direction in the Trump era, and worked to secure ballot access in every state.


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  1. To have a chance of winning (at least the presidency, the vice-presidency would be harder), they need well known candidates with a chance of winning some electoral votes in order to get the election to the Congress (meaning no majority in the electoral college), and where their candidate would be everyone’s second choice.

    They also need the Democrats to be moving in a WOKE direction (focusing on keeping their “Progressive” caucus happy), while having the Republicans move towards those MAGA positions that are unacceptable to the pre-MAGA (Reagan style) Republicans. A major issue could be Israel (the Progressives are anti-Semitic to an extreme, and the “America First” position is isolationist with sympathy for Israel but no more than “moral” support). If the Democrats move away from being WOKE, and the Republicans move away from isolationism, NO LABELS will probably be “going up the creek without a paddle”.

    And there is no guarantee that Biden and Trump will still be the candidate by November, given their ages. Also there is the question of strategic voting: in a state that is strongly blue or red, will the minority party support No Labels in the hope of blocking the dominant party (e.g. if New York Republicans decide that Trump has no chance of winning New York, would they support No Labels in the hope of denying Biden the electoral votes).

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