Updates regarding 2024 presidential election
— On Oct. 24, one of Donald Trump’s campaign lawyers, Jenna Ellis, pleaded guilty to charges regarding her efforts to overturn Trump’s 2020 loss in Georgia. Prosecutor Daysha Young said that Ellis “intentionally aided and abetted” former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Georgia-based attorney Ray Smith by incorrectly telling Georgia state senators that thousands of pro-Biden voters were convicted of felonies, under the legal voting age, or dead, The Associated Press reported. Along with Trump and 18 of his associates, Ellis was charged for violating Georgia's anti-racketeering law, otherwise known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Currently, there are 13 state felony charges leveled against Trump under the RICO Act. However, the Georgia Election Interference Case is only one of 4 federal cases Trump is convicted in. Altogether, these cases amount to 91 violations in total. Despite the number of charges, Trump can still legally run for president, given that he is older than 35, a “natural born” U.S. citizen, and has lived in the country for over 14 years. There are no federal criminal limitations to run for office.
— An Oct. 26 Gallup report shows President Joe Biden’s approval rating at its lowest, falling from 86% to 75% among Democrats between September and October. This 11-point difference puts his approval rate among all U.S. adults down to 37% — another personal low. Gallup suggests that this drop stems from some of the public’s reaction to Biden’s clear alignment with Israel. On Oct. 7, President Biden announced his intention to wholeheartedly support Israel: “Israel has the right to defend itself and its people. Full stop. There’s never a justification for terrorist attacks. And my administration’s support for Israel security is rock solid and unwavering,” he stated. Amid Biden’s claims to support Israel have been criticisms from lawmakers and protests demanding ceasefires and humanitarian aid.
— On Oct. 28, former Vice President Mike Pence announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign. According to The Associated Press, Pence is the first major candidate to leave the race after being unable to garner enough support for his campaign. Axios points to Pence’s notable lack of campaign funding, reporting that he entered October with $1.18 million cash on hand while Donald Trump started the month with $37 million cash on hand, according to their most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.