Who is running for the 2020 presidency?

A breakdown of all the candidates running in the 2020 presidential election

As the 2019 year begins to dwindle down to an end, the candidates of the 2020 general elections begin to rise up into the spotlight. 

There are many more on the Democratic side than the Republican side, but it looks like we got a race up in hand. Let’s get started with getting to know the candidates so far. 

Beginning with the Democrats (in alphabetical order): 

Michael Bennett, 55, a moderate, entered on May 2 as a current senior senator from Colorado, known for seeking compromise.

Joseph R. Biden, Jr., 77, entered on Apr. 25 as a former Vice President and former senator of 36 years as a member, chair of the Judiciary Committee and Committee on Foreign Relations for many years. 

Michael Bloomberg, 77, entered on Nov. 24 as a businessmen and former Republican Mayor of New York City of 11 years. 

Cory Booker, 50, entered on Feb. 1,as a current senator from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark. 

Pete Buttigieg, 37, entered on Apr. 13 as the youngest candidate in the race and a former mayor of South Bend and former Naval officer from 2009 to 2017. If elected, he would be the first gay president. 

Julian Castro, 45, entered on Jan. 12 as a former cabinet member and mayor of San Antonio, Texas. If elected, he would become the first Latino president.

John Delaney, 56, entered on Aug. 10, 2017 as the first candidate to enter and a former House representative from Maryland. He was a billionaire businessman prior to being a member of the House. 

Tulsi Gabbard, 38, entered on Jan. 11 as a current member of the House from Hawaii, becoming the first Hindu elected to Congress. Prior to becoming a member of the House, she was a member of the Hawaii National Guard and a member of the state House (youngest to do so at 21).  If elected, she would become the first woman president.

Amy Klobuchar, 59, entered on Feb. 19 as a current senator from Minnesota. 

Devel Patrick, 63, entered on Nov. 14 as a former Governor from Massachusetts. He was the second black governor elected in US History as of 2006. 

Bernie Sanders, 78, entered on Feb. 19 as a current senator from Vermont, former mayor of Vermont, US House member and 2016 presidential candidate. 

Tom Steyer, 62, entered on Jul. 9 as an investor, billionaire and a climate change, impeachment activist. 

Elizabeth Warren, 70, entered on Feb. 9 as a current senator from Massachusetts and a former Harvard professor. 

Marianne Williamson, 67, entered on Feb. 4 as a self-help author, activist and new age lecturer. 

Andrew Yang, 44, entered early in the process on Nov. 6 of 2017, as an entrepreneur. 

Running with the Republicans you have: 

Donald Trump, 73, entered back on Jan. 20, 2017 as the 45th President of the United States after the 2016 election. 

Joe Walsh, 57, entered on Aug. 25 as a conservative radio show host and former member of the House representing Illinois. 

William F. Weld, 74, entered on Apr. 15 as a former governor of Massachusetts and former federal prosecutor. 

Even though many candidates entered, a great amount of them dropped out. Those candidates were: 

Steve Bullock, 53 (Governor of Montana, former state attorney general)

Bill de Blasio, 58 (current mayor of New York City) 

Kristen Gillibrand, 52 (senator from New York and former congresswoman)

Kamala Harris, 55 (Senator from California)

John Hickenlooper, 67 (former governor of Colorado and former mayor of Denver)

Jay Inslee, 68 (governor of Washington State and a former congressman)

Wayne Messam, 45 (current mayor of Miramar, Florida and a former college football champion)

Seith Moulton, 41 (congressman from Massachusetts and an Iraq War Veteran)

Richard Ojeda, 49 (former West Virginia state senator and military veteran)

Beto O’Rourke, 47 (former congressman from Texas and a 2018 senatorial candidate)

Tim Ryan, 46 (congressman from Ohio and a former congressional staff member) 

Joe Sestak, 67 (former congressman from Pennsylvania and a former naval admiral

 Eric Swalwell, 39 (congressman from California) 

Mark Sanford, 59 (former congressman from South Carolina and a former governor of the state) 

There are also candidates that have been confirmed to not be running in the election at all. They are: 

Stacey Abrams, 45 (2018 nominee for governor of Georgia and former state legislator) 

Sherrod Brown, 67 (Senator from Ohio, former congressman) 

Bob Casey, 59 (Senator from Pennsylvania) 

Hillary Clinton, 72 (Former secretary of state, senator from New York, first lady and 2016 presidential nominee). 

Eric Garcetti, 48 (mayor of Los Angeles, former City Council president)

Eric H. Holder Jr., 68 (former attorney general, anti-gerrymandering activist)

Terry McAuliffe, 62 (former Governor of Virginia, former chair of the Democratic National Committee)

Jeff Merkley, 63 (Senator from Oregon, former speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives)

Christopher S. Murphy, 46 (Senator from Connecticut; former congressman)

Howard Schultz, 66 (former chief executive of Starbucks) 

Oprah Winfrey, 65 (Media mogul, former talk show host, philanthropist) 

Larry Hogan, 63 (Governor of Maryland) 

The field of candidates will continue to narrow, especially on the over-saturated Democratic side of the field. While it is too early to know for sure which candidates will emerge victorious for their parties, as the year comes to a close the list of candidates dropping out will grow.

~Joshua Grimes, Staff Writer~


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