The Ten Humans Most Likely to Be President in February 2025 (March 2023 Edition)

The second in an ongoing series.

Will Leitch

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The first votes for President of the United States will take place 10 months from now, in Iowa, where Republican voters (but not Democratic voters) will let their voices be heard. Ten months ago is a very short amount of time. Ten months ago was the Uvalde shooting. Does that seem like 10 months ago? It will be here before you realize it.

This is to say: The 2024 Presidential campaign, like it or not, is well underway. So one must start paying attention. Thus, we continue our feature: Presidential Power Rankings. These will run monthly. A lot can happen in a month.

This is not a ranking of my favorite candidates, or the ones who have the most current momentum. It is simply a ranking of the 10 people most likely to be the President in February 2025 — after the next election.

Here’s the inaugural top 10. We’ll see you again on these in a month.

10. Marianne Williamson (last month: Unranked). There are only four announced candidates for President, and Williamson is one of them, so, for surely only this one month, she gets to make the list. (The other candidate to announce this month gets a nod next on this list as well.) You may remember Williamson running in 2020, though she didn’t even make it to Iowa. That is not a good sign: If you can’t even make it to Iowa when there’s an open field, I don’t like your odds challenging the current President of the United States. Good luck with your book sales, though.

9. Vivek Ramaswamy (last month: Unranked). Ramaswamy, independently wealthy because of a biotech startup (and there’s nothing voters love more than executives at biotech companies), has made a name for himself for hating “woke” things. He hates Woke stuff! He wrote a whole book called Woke, Inc., and he’s always going on television hollering about it. Whether or not you think he’s right that “wokeness” is ruining America — and I’ll confess I’ve reached the point that simply hearing the word “woke” makes my eyelids heavy — it’s tough to see a situation where Ramaswamy gets much traction in a lane that the two heavyweights (literally!) in the Republican party are purposefully clogging in every way that they can…

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Will Leitch

Author of six books, including “How Lucky” and "The Time Has Come." NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin. https://williamfleitch.substack.com