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2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries

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Democratic Presidential Primaries 2020

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 launched 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: Presumptive Nominee

Joe Biden (Delaware)
Vice President of the United States, 2009-17 (Campaign Website)
Age on Jan. 20, 2021: 78

2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries: Dropped Out

Richard Ojeda (West Virginia)
West Virginia State Senator, 2016-2019 (Dropped Out: January 25, 2019)
Eric Swalwell (California)
United States Representative (CA-15), 2013-pres. (Dropped Out: July 8, 2019)
Mike Gravel (Alaska)
US Senator from Alaska, 1969-81 (Dropped Out: August 6, 2019)
John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Governor of Colorado, 2011-2019 (Dropped Out: August 15, 2019)
Jay Inslee (Washington)
Governor of Washington, 2013-pres. (Dropped Out: August 21, 2019)
Seth Moulton (Massachusetts)
United States Representative (MA-06), 2015-pres. (Dropped Out: August 23, 2019)
Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
US Senator from New York, 2009-pres. (Dropped Out: August 28, 2019)
Bill de Blasio (New York)
Mayor of New York City, 2014-pres. (Dropped Out: September 20, 2019)
Tim Ryan (Ohio)
United States Representative (OH-13), 2003-pres. (Dropped Out: October 24, 2019)
Beto O’Rourke (Texas)
United States Representative (TX-16), 2013-2019 (Dropped Out: November 1, 2019)
Wayne Messam (Florida)
Mayor of Miramar, Florida, 2015-pres. (Dropped Out: November 20, 2019)
Joe Sestak (Pennsylvania)
United States Representative (PA-07), 2007-2011 (Dropped Out: December 1, 2019)
Steve Bullock (Montana)
Governor of Montana, 2013-pres. (Dropped Out: December 2, 2019)
Kamala Harris (California)
US Senator from Calfornia, 2017-pres. (Dropped Out: December 3, 2019)
Julian Castro (Texas)
US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 2014-17 (Dropped Out: January 2, 2020)
Marianne Williamson (California)
Author and Inspirational Speaker (Dropped Out: January 10, 2020)
Cory Booker (New Jersey)
US Senator from New Jersey, 2013-pres. (Dropped Out: January 13, 2020)
John Delaney (Maryland)
United States Representative (MD-06), 2013-19 (Dropped Out: January 31, 2020)
Michael Bennet (Colorado)
US Senator from Colorado, 2009-pres. (Dropped Out: February 11, 2020)
Andrew Yang (New York)
Entrepreneur; “Venture for America” (Dropped Out: February 11, 2020)
Deval Patrick (Massachusetts)
Governor of Massachusetts, 2007-15 (Dropped Out: February 12, 2020)
Tom Steyer (California)
Businessman; Activist (Dropped Out: February 29, 2020)
Pete Buttigieg (Indiana)
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, 2012-pres. (Dropped Out: March 1, 2020)
Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
US Senator from Minnesota, 2007-pres. (Dropped Out: March 2, 2020)
Michael Bloomberg (New York)
Mayor of New York City, 2002-13 (Dropped Out: March 4, 2020)
Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
US Senator from Massachusetts, 2013-pres. (Dropped Out: March 5, 2020)
Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii)
United States Representative (HI-02), 2013-pres. (Dropped Out: March 19, 2020)
Bernie Sanders (Vermont)
US Senator from Vermont, 2007-pres. (Dropped Out: April 8, 2020)

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.1

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. Most major media outlets, however, report it as being 1,991. Fine, don’t listen to us. Assume a candidate needs to get about two thousand delegates for an outright win.

2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries Schedule

If there is a link, our primary or caucus-specific page is live. Number of pledged delegates included in parenthesis.2

Please note: This schedule has been shredded to pieces thanks to the global health crisis. You should probably just ignore it.

Monday, February 3, 2020
Iowa Caucuses (41)
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
New Hampshire Primary (24)
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Nevada Caucuses (36)
Saturday, February 29, 2020
South Carolina Primary (54)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (Super Tuesday)
Alabama Primary (52)
American Samoa Caucuses (6)
Arkansas Primary (31)
California Primary (416)
Colorado Primary (67)
Democrats Abroad Primary (21) – through March 103
Maine Primary (24)
Massachusetts Primary (91)
Minnesota Primary (75)
North Carolina Primary (110)
Oklahoma Primary (37)
Tennessee Primary (64)
Texas Primary (228)
Utah Primary (29)
Vermont Primary (16)
Virginia Primary (99)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Idaho Primary (20)
Michigan Primary (125)
Mississippi Primary (36)
Missouri Primary (68)
North Dakota Caucuses (14)
Washington Primary (89)
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Northern Mariana Islands Caucuses (6)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Arizona Primary (67)
Florida Primary (219)
Illinois Primary (155)
Ohio Primary (136)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Georgia Primary (105)
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Puerto Rico Primary (51)
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Alaska Primary (15)
Hawaii Primary (24)
Louisiana Primary (54)
Wyoming Caucuses (14)
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Wisconsin Primary (84)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Connecticut Primary (60)
Delaware Primary (21)
Maryland Primary (96)
New York Primary (273)
Pennsylvania Primary (186)
Rhode Island Primary (26)
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Guam Caucuses (7)
Kansas Primary (39)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Indiana Primary (82)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Nebraska Primary (29)
West Virginia Primary (28)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Kentucky Primary (54)
Oregon Primary (61)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Montana Primary (19)
New Jersey Primary (126)
New Mexico Primary (34)
South Dakota Primary (16)
Saturday, June 6, 2020
US Virgin Islands Primary (7)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
District of Columbia Primary (20)


1: “DNC Votes To Largely Strip ‘Superdelegates’ Of Presidential Nominating Power” (by Brandon Carter and Don Gonyea, website, published 25 August 2018, accessed 15 November 2018)

2: “2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination” (270 to Win website, accessed 8 December 2019)

3: “Democrats Aboard Delegate Selection Plan” (by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad, published 14 August 2019, accessed 8 December 2019)

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