Everyone Who's Running For President In 2020 — & Who Has Dropped Out

Natalie Gontcharova

The 2020 presidential election is less than a year away — and candidates are busy rolling out platforms and preparing for debates.

There are more women in the race than ever before, which is both exciting to watch and inevitably means sexist coverage of the presidential hopefuls.

All candidates are eager to beat a historically unpopular president — who reportedly raised $105 million for his reelection campaign in the second quarter of 2019. Ahead, a list of the current Democratic contenders. We're also tracking who has dropped out of the race.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Sen. Michael Bennet



The Colorado senator announced his run on May 2, 2019. Bennet is known as a pragmatist who "reaches across the aisle" — and for the "occasional impassioned outburst on the Senate floor," according to Vox.Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post/Getty Images.

Joe Biden



Former Vice President Joe Biden entered the race on April 25, 2019, after a long period of speculation that he will be running. Biden, who was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and served as President Barack Obama's second-in-command for eight years, has ran for president twice before. His long record of public service has been extensively scrutinized, and now that he has officially launched his campaign, more questions are likely to come.Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Gov. Steve Bullock



The governor of Montana entered the race on May 14, 2019, touting his ability to work across party lines.Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP/Shutterstock.

Pete Buttigieg



The mayor of South Bend, IN, Buttigieg is a military veteran and would become the first openly gay president in American history.Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Sen. Cory Booker



The Senator from New Jersey is the least surprising of all the candidates. He rolled out his campaign on February 1 with a message of unity. He's struck a conciliatory, "love-heavy" tone on the campaign trail.Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images.

Julián Castro



The former San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development secretary is the grandson of immigrants and has made strong statements against Trump's border wall.Photo: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

John Delaney



Delaney is a former U.S. Representative from Maryland and finance exec who has already been unofficially "running" for years. However, only 1% of Iowa Democrats consider him their first choice.Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard



Hawaii Rep. Gabbard is a Bernie backer who has received scrutiny for being friendly with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and anti-LGBTQ+ comments (which she has since walked back). She has made foreign policy a big part of her campaign, standing up against "regime-change wars."Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Sen. Kamala Harris



The former California attorney general has been criticized for her record as a prosecutor, but has embraced progressive programs such as Medicare for All and evolved her views on legalizing marijuana. She's a great example of the unprecedented diversity on the Democratic roster, with more women and people of color running than ever before.




Sen. Amy Klobuchar



Often called the Senate's pragmatist, the moderate Minnesota senator is known for her record number of bipartisan bills. Responding to recent reports that she's mistreated her staff, she said, "I can be tough."Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images.

Wayne Messam



The mayor of Miramar, FL, is running on the idea that the American Dream is becoming more difficult to achieve for many. The 44-year-old launched his candidacy in late March.

In the third quarter of 2019, Messam raised $5 for his presidential campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.



Deval Patrick


The former Massachusetts governor entered the race in November 2019, just three months before the Iowa caucuses. Patrick reportedly consulted his longtime friend former President Barack Obama before jumping into the race.Photo: Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe/Getty Images.

Sen. Bernie Sanders



The Democratic socialist from Vermont has stayed true to his message of fixing economic inequality, but has also promised to run a more inclusive campaign.

Joe Sestak



The former Pennsylvania congressman and retired three-star admiral announced his presidential bid on June 23, 2019. In his announcement video, Sestak said he is joining the race later than other presidential hopefuls because his daughter Alex was undergoing treatment for brain cancer.Photo: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images.

Tom Steyer



Steyer is a billionaire who had said he is ruling out a run in January 2019, but entered the race in July 2019. In recent years, he has been a major bankroller in Democratic politics, spending over $100 million on the 2018 House races and leading a campaign to impeach Donald Trump. He has reportedly pledged to spend $100 million on his bid.Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren



One of the most recognized faces in the field, the Massachusetts senator is looking to challenge Trump on trade and has proposed an "ultra-millionaire tax." She has made universal child care one of her campaign's priorities.Photo: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

Marianne Williamson



Williamson is a world-famous spiritual leader and author — and Oprah's spiritual adviser. One of her key policies is to establish a "Department of Peace."Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.

Andrew Yang



Yang is an entrepreneur and former Obama administration official whose platform includes a guaranteed "universal basic income" of $1,000 a month for all Americans over the age of 18.Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

Rep. Eric Swalwell: Dropped Out, July 2019



At 38, Swalwell, a U.S. Representative from California, was one of the youngest people to enter the race. He has founded Future Forum, a group of Democratic House members focusing on millennial concerns. Swalwell suspended his campaign on July 8, 2019, choosing instead to run for re-election in his district.Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Dropped Out, August 2019



New York Sen. Gillibrand officially announced her candidacy on March 17. While she used to be a centrist politician, in recent years she has been a strong proponent of Medicare for All and universal paid family leave. In the Senate, she has made fighting sexual harassment a priority, and together with Sen. Harris, she introduced a bill attempting to combat the U.S.' shockingly high maternal mortality rate.

On August 28, 2019, Gillibrand announced that she has ended her campaign for president. “We wanted to win this race. But it’s important to know when it’s not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country,” she said in a video message posted on social media.Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg/Getty Images.



Rep. Seth Moulton: Dropped Out, August 2019



Moulton is a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and a Marine Corps veteran. “I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren, and Sanders,” he told the New York Times on his decision to drop out.Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.

Gov. Jay Inslee: Dropped Out, August 2019



The Washington governor announced his presidential bid on March 1. He made the fight against climate change a central part of his campaign platform.Photo: Mat Hayward/Getty Images.

Gov. John Hickenlooper: Dropped Out, August 2019



The Colorado governor announced his run on March 4. The former mayor of Denver, he considers Colorado's near universal health insurance coverage one of his major accomplishments.Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Mike Gravel: Dropped Out, August 2019



A former Alaska senator, Mike Gravel tossed his hat in the ring on March 20. Gravel previously ran for president in 2008 and has not been a senator since 1981. He was encouraged to run by a New York teenager.Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Bill de Blasio: Dropped Out, September 2019


Bill de Blasio is the mayor of New York City. A May poll found that 76% of New Yorkers don't think he should run for president.

In September 2019, he dropped out of the race. "I feel like I have contributed all I can to this primary election. It's clearly not my time, so I'm going to end my presidential campaign," de Blasio said on MSNBC's Morning Joe.Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.


Rep. Tim Ryan: Dropped Out, October 2019



The Ohio Democrat is best known for leading the challenge against Nancy Pelosi’s leadership of the House minority after the 2016 election.Photo: Susan Walsh/AP/Shutterstock.

Beto O'Rourke: Dropped Out, November 2019


O'Rourke, a three-term U.S. Representative from Texas, rose to stardom when he came closer than anyone expected to defeating Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm election. When he launched his campaign in March 2019, he promised to challenge President Trump on immigration and border security.

On November 1, 2019, he announced that he is no longer running for president. "Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully," O’Rourke wrote in a Medium post. "My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee."Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.


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