The 2020 Democratic presidential primaries are closer than you think. Who is running for president in 2020 against Donald Trump?
This article to track the nomination process from start to finish launches in November 2018. You may remember it as the same month that Democrats retook the US House, Republicans held the US Senate, and Democrats staked gains in governorships. Why so soon?
The reality is that serious contenders begin their presidential campaigns after the midterm elections. As the primaries begin early in the election year, a candidate must be on the ground running at some point the year before, which in this case is 2019. It’s almost 2019 at the time of publication.
For historical context, Donald Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, and Hillary Clinton entered the race in April 2015. Bernie Sanders jumped into the field in May 2015. The first Democratic debate was in October 2015, and the first Republican debate was in August 2015.
You better believe the exploratory committees are coming, and they are not that far away.
So, who will run for president against Donald Trump in 2020, anyway? Who’s in and who’s out of the running?
NOTE: In this piece, we are solely tracking the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. We will only begin tracking the Republican primaries if Donald Trump (campaign website) draws a credible intraparty challenger.
2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries: Declared Candidates
Declared major candidates (having held elective office, other public positions, or public figures) organized in alphabetical order by surname. This list was updated January 14, 2019. Please note that we have broken out candidates in the “exploratory” phase from the main list, as well as those who have all but said they’re running, pending a formal announcement.
|Julian Castro (Texas)|
|US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 2014-17 (Campaign Website)|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 46|
|John Delaney (Maryland)|
|United States Representative (MD-06), 2013-19 (Campaign Website)|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 57|
|Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii)|
|United States Representative (HI-02), 2013-pres. (Campaign Website)|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 39|
|Richard Ojeda (West Virginia)|
|West Virginia State Senator, 2016-pres. (Campaign Website)|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 50|
|Andrew Yang (New York)|
|Entrepreneur; “Venture for America” (Campaign Website)|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 46|
2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries: Exploratory Committee Phase
|Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)|
|US Senator from New York, 2009-pres.|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 54|
|Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)|
|US Senator from Massachusetts, 2013-pres.|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 70|
2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries: Expected to Run, but No Formal Announcement Yet
|Kamala Harris (California)|
|US Senator from Calfornia, 2017-pres.|
|Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 56|
2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries: The Big Question Marks
The following are potential candidates who have expressed interest — or had interest expressed on their behalf — but have not announced their intentions in public. They are listed in surname alphabetical order. This is not an exhaustive list.
|Former Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware|
|US Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado|
|Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York|
|US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey|
|US Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio|
|Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York|
|Former Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado|
|Governor Jay Inslee of Washington|
|Former Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia|
|Former US Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas|
|US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont|
|US Representative Eric Swalwell of California|
2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries: The Nomination Process
Electors will select a total of 4,763 delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention; its location has not yet been revealed as of November 2018. A simple majority of 2,382 delegates is required to win the nomination. Please note that this total includes 712 superdelegate votes.
However, in the summer of 2018, the Democratic National Committee voted to reduce the role of superdelegates in the nomination process after controversy regarding Hillary Clinton’s win over Bernie Sanders in 2016. Superdelegates will not be able to vote on a contested first ballot; only if it is an uncontested nomination or if it proceeds to second and further ballots. (Link: NPR Politics)
Therefore, if it is a contested nomination at the 2020 DNC, the first-ballot delegate pool size will be 4,051 with 2,026 as the mark for the nomination.