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
Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post/Getty Images. More 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. More Gov. Steve Bullock
The governor of Montana
the race on May 14, 2019, touting his ability to work across party lines.
Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP/Shutterstock. More 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. More 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, "
" tone on the campaign trail.
Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images. More 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. More John Delaney
Delaney is a former U.S. Representative from Maryland and finance exec who has already been unofficially "
" for years. However, only
1% of Iowa Democrats
consider him their first choice.
Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images. More 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. More 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.
More Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Often called the Senate's pragmatist, the moderate Minnesota senator is known for her record number of
. Responding to recent reports that she's mistreated her staff, she
, "I can be tough."
Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images. More 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. More 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. More 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
pledged to spend $100 million on his bid.
Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images. More 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. More 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. More 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
, 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. More 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. More 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. More 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. More 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. More 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. More 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. More 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. More 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
in a Medium post. "My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee."
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