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This thread will serve as the official list of Democratic candidates for the 2020 US Presidential election. 


Listed below are the currently known candidates and potential candidates.

  Has qualified for debate 3 (Sept 12 and 13)

Name Born Experience State Campaign
Announcement date

Michael Bennet
November 28, 1964
(age 54)
New Delhi, India
U.S. Senator from Colorado (2009–present)
Colorado

Campaign
Campaign: May 2, 2019

Joe Biden
November 20, 1942
(age 76)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Vice President of the United States (2009–2017)
U.S. Senator from Delaware (1973–2009)
Democratic candidate for president in 1988 and 2008

Delaware

Campaign
Campaign: April 25, 2019

Cory Booker
April 27, 1969
(age 49)
Washington, D.C.
U.S. Senator from New Jersey (2013–present)
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey (2006–2013)

New Jersey

Campaign
Campaign: February 1, 2019

Steve Bullock
April 11, 1966
(age 53)
Missoula, Montana
Governor of Montana (2013–present)
Attorney General of Montana (2009–2013)

Montana

Campaign
Campaign: May 14, 2019

Pete Buttigieg
January 19, 1982
(age 37)
South Bend, Indiana
Mayor of Indiana (2012–present)
Indiana

Campaign
Campaign: April 14, 2019

Julián Castro
September 16, 1974
(age 44)
San Antonio, Texas
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2014–2017)
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas (2009–2014)

Texas

Campaign
Campaign: January 12, 2019

Bill de Blasio
May 8, 1961
(age 58)
New York City, New York
Mayor of New York City (2014–present)
New York

Campaign
Campaign: May 16, 2019

John Delaney
April 16, 1963
(age 56)
Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
U.S. Representative from MD-06 (2013–2019)
Maryland

Campaign
Campaign: July 28, 2017

Tulsi Gabbard
April 12, 1981
(age 38)
Leloaloa, American Samoa
U.S. Representative from HI-02 (2013–present)
Hawaii

Campaign
Campaign: January 11, 2019

Kamala Harris
October 20, 1964
(age 54)
Oakland, California
U.S. Senator from California (2017–present)
Attorney General of California (2011–2017)

California

Campaign
Campaign: January 21, 2019

Amy Klobuchar
May 25, 1960
(age 58)
Plymouth, Minnesota
U.S. Senator from Minnesota (2007–present)
Minnesota

Campaign
Campaign: February 10, 2019

Wayne Messam
June 7, 1974
(age 44)
South Bay, Florida
Mayor of Miramar, Florida (2015–present)
Florida

Campaign
Campaign: March 28, 2019

Beto O'Rourke
September 26, 1972
(age 46)
El Paso, Texas
U.S. Representative from TX-16 (2013–2019)
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Texas in 2018

Texas

Campaign
Campaign: March 14, 2019

Tim Ryan
July 16, 1973
(age 45)
Niles, Ohio
U.S. Representative from OH-13 and OH-17 (2003–present)
Ohio

Campaign
Campaign: April 4, 2019

Bernie Sanders
September 8, 1941
(age 77)
Brooklyn, New York
U.S. Senator from Vermont (2007–present)
U.S. Representative from VT-AL (1991–2007)
Mayor of Burlington, Vermont (1981–1989)
Democratic candidate for President in 2016

Vermont

Campaign
Campaign: February 19, 2019

Joe Sestak
December 12, 1951
(age 67)
Secane, Pennsylvania
U.S. Representative from PA-07 (2007–2011)
Democratic nominee for United States Navy (1974–2005)

Pennsylvania

Campaign
Campaign: June 22, 2019

Tom Steyer
June 27, 1957
(age 62)
Manhattan, New York
Hedge fund manager</b Founder of Farallon Capital
California

Campaign
Campaign: July 9, 2019

Elizabeth Warren
June 22, 1949
(age 69)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (2013–present)
Massachusetts

Campaign
Campaign: February 9, 2019

Marianne Williamson
July 8, 1952
(age 66)
Houston, Texas
Author, lecturer, and activist
Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from CA-33 in 2014

California

Campaign
Campaign: January 28, 2019

Andrew Yang
January 13, 1975
(age 44)
Schenectady, New York
Entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America
New York

Campaign
Campaign: November 6, 2017

Individuals who have scheduled a formal announcement

  • No pending announcements at this time.

Individuals who have dropped from running

Candidate State Campaign Date Dropped Supporting Candidate?

Kirsten Gillibrand

New York

Campaign
Campaign: March 17, 2019
8/28/2019

Seth Moulton

Massachusetts

Campaign
Campaign: April 22, 2019
8/23/2019

Jay Inslee

Washington

Campaign
Campaign: March 1, 2019
8/21/2019

John Hickenlooper

Colorado

Campaign
Campaign: March 4, 2019
8/15/2019

Mike Gravel
California
Campaign
Campaign: April 8, 2019
8/6/2019

Gabbard

Sanders


Eric Swalwell
California
Campaign
Campaign: April 8, 2019
7/8/2019

Richard Ojeda
West Virginia
Campaign
Campaign: November 11, 2018
1/25/2019

Political positions for each candidate.  This page is incomplete.  Please contribute if you can.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_the_2020_Democratic_Party_presidential_primary_candidates

Debate Schedule

 P  Present  A  Absent  I  Invited  O  Invited to other debate  N  Not invited  Out  Not yet entered race  W  Withdrawn
Candidate 1A 1B 2A 2B 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
6/26/19 6/27/19 7/30/19 7/31/19 9/12/19 Oct Nov Dec
Bennet O P O P N
Biden O P O P I
Booker P O O P I
Bullock N N P O N
Buttigieg O P P O I
Castro P O O P I
de Blasio P O O P N
Delaney P O P O N
Gabbard P O O P N
Harris O P O P I
Klobuchar P O P O I
Messam N N N N N
O'Rourke P O P O I
Ryan P O P O N
Sanders O P P O I
Sestak Out Out N N N
Steyer Out Out N N N
Warren P O P O I
Williamson O P P O N
Yang O P O P I
Gillibrand O P O P W W W W W W W W W W
Gravel N N N N W W W W W W W W W W
Hickenlooper O P P O W W W W W W W W W W
Inslee P O O P W W W W W W W W W W
Moulton N N N N W W W W W W W W W W
Swalwell O P W W W W W W W W W W W W

Candidate debate qualifications have been updated by the DNC.  You may find the complete list of qualifying criteria here.  Or a quick breakdown here.

Qualifies for first debates via …
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Candidate Polls Donors Both
 
Joe Biden
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Julian Castro
Tulsi Gabbard
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
Jay Inslee
Amy Klobuchar
Beto O’Rourke
Bernie Sanders
Elizabeth Warren
Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang
Michael Bennet
Bill de Blasio
John Delaney
John Hickenlooper
Tim Ryan
Eric Swalwell
Steve Bullock
Mike Gravel
Wayne Messam
Seth Moulton
Joe Sestak

Qualifies for second debates via …
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Candidate Polls Donors Both
 
Joe Biden
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Julian Castro
Tulsi Gabbard
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
Jay Inslee
Amy Klobuchar
Beto O’Rourke
Bernie Sanders
Elizabeth Warren
Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang
Michael Bennet
Bill de Blasio
Steve Bullock
John Delaney
John Hickenlooper
Tim Ryan
Mike Gravel
Wayne Messam
Seth Moulton
Joe Sestak

Qualifies for third debates via …
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Candidate Polls Donors Both
 
Joe Biden
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Julian Castro
Kamala Harris
Amy Klobuchar
Beto O'Rourke
Bernie Sanders
Elizabeth Warren
Andrew Yang
Tulsi Gabbard
Tom Steyer
Mirianne Williamson
Michael Bennet
Bill de Blasio
Steve Bullock
John Delaney
Wayne Messam
Tim Ryan
Joe Sestak
Last edited by SpokenTruth - 5 days ago

Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

Beto raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, which is higher than Bernie did

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/beto-o-rourke-raises-6-1-million-first-day-topping-n984266

Glad to see he is doing very well. Ultimately I think this race will come down to Beto vs Biden vs Bernie. I really hope Beto wins it, he has the charisma to be a Obama imo. Its sad seeing all the Bernie squad going full attack on him.



     

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cycycychris said:
Beto raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, which is higher than Bernie did

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/beto-o-rourke-raises-6-1-million-first-day-topping-n984266

Glad to see he is doing very well. Ultimately I think this race will come down to Beto vs Biden vs Bernie. I really hope Beto wins it, he has the charisma to be a Obama imo. Its sad seeing all the Bernie squad going full attack on him.

I was seriously blown away from his 1 day take.  It shows a lot of promise for his campaign's longevity in keeping up with the bigger names that will draw lots of big donor money.

The attacks are definitely bothering me.  And not just on him but on Tulsi Gabbard and others.  With such a huge field of candidates and long way to go, attacking each other serves us no purpose at this point.  In fact, I'd truly prefer they stayed clean against each other because anything negative they say against each other will get used by Trump.  And could harm potential running mate pairing.



Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

Yang is the only one who has my support at this point. His campaign was my first political donation.



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I kind of hope Biden doesn't run.

I have a strong feeling that Beto will win this one.  Though, I'd prefer Bernie winning.  



Early going, I'd like a Sanders/Gabbard team. But it's so early and there is so much more to learn about each of them. I'm pretty open to most of them but I have written off Warren already. She has too much baggage to fight against now.



Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

cycycychris said:
Beto raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, which is higher than Bernie did

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/beto-o-rourke-raises-6-1-million-first-day-topping-n984266

Glad to see he is doing very well. Ultimately I think this race will come down to Beto vs Biden vs Bernie. I really hope Beto wins it, he has the charisma to be a Obama imo. Its sad seeing all the Bernie squad going full attack on him.


But what makes him charismatic? I have heard others say it, but no one can quantify it.
With Obama, it's obvious: he's one of the world's greatest speakers, and can put together great speeches. Beto lacks both these traits, all I see of him is a struggle to put together a coherent 5 minute speech, and LOTS of rapid hand gestures, like he is trying to spoof Hitler.



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Jumpin said:
cycycychris said:
Beto raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, which is higher than Bernie did

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/beto-o-rourke-raises-6-1-million-first-day-topping-n984266

Glad to see he is doing very well. Ultimately I think this race will come down to Beto vs Biden vs Bernie. I really hope Beto wins it, he has the charisma to be a Obama imo. Its sad seeing all the Bernie squad going full attack on him.


But what makes him charismatic? I have heard others say it, but no one can quantify it.
With Obama, it's obvious: he's one of the world's greatest speakers, and can put together great speeches. Beto lacks both these traits, all I see of him is a struggle to put together a coherent 5 minute speech, and LOTS of rapid hand gestures, like he is trying to spoof Hitler.

Obama is not a great speaker. Watch his debates, he was blown away by Hillary in 2008 and even Romney, to some extent, in 2012.

But he is charismatic. Same can be said about Trump really. So it's not about speeches.

In fact it just goes to show how the debates are nearly useless, indeed, everyone picks up favorites beforehand based on gut feeling.



 

 

 

 

 

Jumpin said:
cycycychris said:
Beto raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, which is higher than Bernie did

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/beto-o-rourke-raises-6-1-million-first-day-topping-n984266

Glad to see he is doing very well. Ultimately I think this race will come down to Beto vs Biden vs Bernie. I really hope Beto wins it, he has the charisma to be a Obama imo. Its sad seeing all the Bernie squad going full attack on him.


But what makes him charismatic? I have heard others say it, but no one can quantify it.
With Obama, it's obvious: he's one of the world's greatest speakers, and can put together great speeches. Beto lacks both these traits, all I see of him is a struggle to put together a coherent 5 minute speech, and LOTS of rapid hand gestures, like he is trying to spoof Hitler.

He just extremely likeable, just like Obama was. He might not have Obama's speeching ability, but he actually did a good job against Cruz in debate. He will just need to control he hand gestures a bit better. But in the end, I don't think that will matter much.



     

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cycycychris said:
Beto raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, which is higher than Bernie did

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/beto-o-rourke-raises-6-1-million-first-day-topping-n984266

Glad to see he is doing very well. Ultimately I think this race will come down to Beto vs Biden vs Bernie. I really hope Beto wins it, he has the charisma to be a Obama imo. Its sad seeing all the Bernie squad going full attack on him.

I think at least one woman will have a very good shot in the race, middle aged women are after all the biggest voter group for the democrats.