Although the 2020 presidential election is still some time off, the number of Democrats potentially running is starting to add up into a truly jaw-dropping figure.
CNN recently conducted a poll which included 16 individuals who could potentially run, but a report from the Washington Examiner adds an additional 14 candidates, bringing the total to 30 potential candidates.
The crowded field will undoubtedly narrow some as the date nears the election, but in the post-Clinton era, the large number gives the Democrat Party plenty of choices for the future of their party and its potential new direction.
Here’s the list, ranked in no specific order:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Former Secretary of State John Kerry
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
- California Senator Kamala Harris
- New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
- Attorney Michael Avenatti
- New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand
- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
- Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock
- Maryland Congressman John Delaney
- Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
- Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
- Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
- Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom
- Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper
- Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Tom Steyer
- Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
- California Congressman Eric Swalwell
- Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton
- Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
- Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg
- Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu
- Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo
- Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe
Per the CNN report, only Biden and Sanders are polling with double digits amid the crowded field. In fact, Biden and Sanders together had more votes than all the other contenders combined. Here are some of the results:
In the race for the Democratic nomination to face Trump, former Vice President Biden leads a massive potential field. The poll asked Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to choose their preferred presidential nominee among 16 possible candidates. Biden tops the list with 33% support, followed by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the 2016 runner-up, at 13%. Sen. Kamala Harris of California follows at 9%, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 8%. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry garnered 5% support.
And, per Washington Examiner:
These early polls could prove meaningless, as 2014 or 2015 surveys that showed Scott Walker and Rand Paul to be much more likely to win the Republican nomination than Trump. Or they could show an insurmountable advantage in name identification, much like the 1995 and 1999 leads enjoyed by Bob Dole and George W. Bush, respectively.
Biden and Sanders will both be in their late 70s, so it is conceivable neither will run. If that is the case, the race becomes even less predictable. Even if either or both run, the Democrats have traditionally been drawn to insurgents or relative unknowns. See George McGovern over the likes of Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, or Obama over Clinton.
Former Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton might also be considering a third bid for the presidency and her entering the field would certainly shake things up.
Washington Examiner notes the list could get even bigger as Hollywood elites could look to follow in President Trump’s footsteps and join the political arena without prior experience. Oprah Winfrey is one name that has surfaced as a presidential candidate, but there are many on the left side of the aisle who have large followings in La La Land.
The lengthy list easily tops the 17 candidates which ran under the Republican banner in 2016.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.