In the 2016 presidential election, more than 20 Republicans ran for their party’s nomination. The multitude of conservative candidates spanned across the conservative spectrum, giving voters more of a choice. The candidates ranged from establishment-centralist, far-right Tea Party politicians, and some business and health sectors professionals who did not have political experience.
In 2020, the Democratic primary may double the number Republicans offered forward. According to a report from the Washington Examiner, there could be as many as 45 candidates running for their party’s nomination.
From the report:
An unprecedented 45 Democrats are jockeying for the party’s nomination to challenge President Trump in 2020 — shattering the record for the number of candidates aspiring to be commander in chief.
A review of potential contenders by the Washington Examiner reveals that up to 45 candidates could mount a serious bid to become leader of the free world. While many will undoubtedly decide against formally entering the race, most Democratic strategists expect at least two dozen to do so.
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, co-chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, said recently that the 2020 presidential contest could draw up to 40 Democratic hopefuls. “Look, we’ll have between 30 and 40 great candidates running for president,” he told MSNBC. “Everyone recognizes how urgent this moment is in our country’s history.”
Early front-runners who have a large base of support include former Vice President Joe Biden and former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Neither of these two candidates have officially announced a bid, but each has said they are open to running and lead in most polls of potential candidates.
Biden grew in favorability and support while serving in the White House under the Obama administration and mulled a run in 2016. He was talked against running in the primary where Hillary Clinton eventually won the nomination.
Sanders contested Clinton in the election and many of his supporters claim he was cheated out of the party’s nomination as it was learned the DNC was unfairly helping the Clinton campaign. The allegations could bolster more support for a potential run.
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
Sanders, who’s said he’d “probably run” if he were the best bet to beat Trump, isn’t the only senator considering a White House bid. His potential rivals include Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who’s released 10 years of tax returns and a DNA analysis after Trump attacked her claims to Native American ancestry. Warren, 69, who Trump has mockingly nicknamed “Pocahontas,” is making all the moves expected of a candidate, though she has run into early problems.
Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harrisof California made clear by their performances during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings that they see themselves as White House material. They have promised to go public on whether they plan to seek higher office in January — the suspense is limited because both are expected to jump in.
Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are other senators tipped to enter the fray and become top-tier candidates. Brown has Rust Belt credibility and populist appeal, Gillibrand has been a leader of the #MeToo movement, and Klobuchar’s quiet competence and “Minnesota nice” demeanor could be seen by Democrats as a welcome contrast with Trump.
Brown, 66, has said he is “seriously” mulling a run; Gillibrand, 52, has described herself as “definitely thinking” about it; while Midwesterner Klobuchar, 58, has ventured that “voices from the Midwest” are needed in 2020.
Gillibrand has since announced that she is running in 2020, putting herself next to Warren and former Obama administration Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro who have also announced bids.
Klobuchar previously said she would have to consult with her family about a potential run, something they recently said they support.
Democratic rising star and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke may have lost in his 2018 senatorial election contest against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz, but he earned the support of many progressives.
It has been reported that O’Rourke will announce a run during his interview with celebrity icon Oprah Winfrey.
Maryland Congressman John Delaney and West Virginia state Senator Richard Ojeda have previously announced their presidential bids, the Washington Examiner reports.
Here’s even more:
Meanwhile, a slew of lesser-known entrants, such as Venture for America founder Andrew Yang and Oprah Winfrey-approved self-help guru Marianne Williamson have filed Federal Election Commission paperwork to start campaigning.
Although the race has begun for some, it’s already over for others. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, the attorney advocating for porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against Trump, have all bowed out of contention.
But Democrats have a deep bench of talent in Congress. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Mark Warner of Virginia are senatorial possibilities. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, however, will have to choose between the White House or the Senate because state law won’t permit him to run for both.
More than twenty other candidates could include:
- Hillary Clinton
- Former Secretary of State John Kerry
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
- Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton
- Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
- California Congressman Joe Kennedy
- California Congressman Eric Swalwell
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee
- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
- California Governor Gavin Newsom
- Former California Governor Jerry Brown
- Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
- Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
- Georgia Politician Stacey Abrams
- Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
- Mark Cuban
- Tom Steyer
- Howard Schultz