Long before the sound of the starting gun, dozens of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have already hit the road to workshop their vision, experiment with catchphrases and test policy ideas. Many deny any presidential aspirations, but it’s too soon to count them out.

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When do candidates start to announce?

In previous presidential election cycles, most major-party candidates announced their campaigns in the first half of the year before the election. If the 2020 cycle mirrors 2016, we can expect a flurry of announcements in the spring.

Source: Smart Politics

A few Democrats have declared candidacy or taken the intermediate step of forming an exploratory committee. Many others are looking like a candidate based on their recent messaging and events, even several — like Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who have stated they’re not running. Others are leaving their options open or have said no, but speculation continues.

Senators

A traditional launching pad for the presidency, this class will have to overcome frustration with Washington.

“I will consider running for president”

Cory Booker

Looking like a candidate

New Jersey

51

“It’s an important question ... I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”

Kirsten Gillibrand

Looking like a candidate

New York

54

“Next question.”

Kamala Harris

Looking like a candidate

California

56

“We are starting to see the beginning of a political revolution, something long overdue.”

Bernie Sanders

Looking like a candidate

Vermont

79

“I am running for the United States Senate — 2018, Massachusetts, woo-hoo!”

Elizabeth Warren

Looking like a candidate

Massachusetts

71

“We’re seriously talking about it with family and friends and political allies who have come to me”

Sherrod Brown

Looking like a candidate

Ohio

68

“But right now, I am just still thinking about this, talking to people.”

Amy Klobuchar

Looking like a candidate

Minnesota

60

“I’m keeping the options open.”

Jeff Merkley

Looking like a candidate

Oregon

64

“I don’t have anything to say about that today.”

Michael Bennet

Keeping options open

Colorado

56

“I don’t give it much thought.”

Chris Murphy

Keeping options open

Connecticut

47

House members

Each brings a perspective to the race forged in their own distinct parts of the country.

“I want to be president.”

John Delaney

He’s running

Maryland

57

“I’m seriously considering it.”

Tulsi Gabbard

Looking like a candidate

Hawaii

39

“I don’t know if I am.”

Tim Ryan

Looking like a candidate

Ohio

47

“I am going to consider it.”

Eric Swalwell

Looking like a candidate

California

40

“I've been approached but we've got to remain focused on 2018.”

Seth Moulton

Keeping options open

Massachusetts

39

“Amy and I made a decision not to rule anything out.”

Beto O'Rourke

Keeping options open

Texas

48

Governors

They bring a record of policy accomplishments and executive experience from their home states.

“I’m not ruling out a run.”

Jay Inslee

Looking like a candidate

Washington

69

“There are important races in 2018 where I can lend something.”

Steve Bullock

Looking like a candidate

Montana

54

“This summer we’ll see how it begins to feel.”

John Hickenlooper

Looking like a candidate

Colorado

68

“2020 will come soon enough.”

Terry McAuliffe

Looking like a candidate

Former Virginia Governor

63

“I am ruling it out. I ran for governor, I have a full plate, I have many projects.”

Andrew Cuomo

Said no, speculation continues

New York

63

Mayors

Only two mayors have ever made it to the Oval Office, but both served in other government roles before becoming president.

“I’m exploring a candidacy for President of the United States in 2020 to renew the promise of this country for all.”

Julian Castro

Exploring a bid

San Antonio/Former HUD Secretary

46

“You never know until you try.”

Michael Bloomberg

Looking like a candidate

Former New York City mayor

78

“Will decide by end of calendar year.”

Peter Buttigieg

Looking like a candidate

South Bend

39

“I am thinking about this.”

Eric Garcetti

Looking like a candidate

Los Angeles

49

“You never say never.”

Mitch Landrieu

Looking like a candidate

New Orleans

60

“My focus is New York City.”

Bill de Blasio

Keeping options open

New York

59

“I plan on being married to my wife. That is all I am planning.”

Andrew Gillum

Keeping options open

Tallahassee

41

Businesspeople

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the paths to the presidency have broadened like never before.

“I’m running for president.”

Andrew Yang

He’s running

Entrepreneur

46

“Anybody who is thinking about 2020 is taking their eye off the ball.”

Tom Steyer

Looking like a candidate

Entreprenuer

63

“Waiting to see what happens in the midterms.”

Mark Cuban

Keeping options open

Entrepreneur

62

“I am doing everything I possibly can as a private citizen to advance the cause of the country.”

Howard Schultz

Keeping options open

Starbucks Executive Chairman

67

“That’s not for me.”

Oprah Winfrey

Said no, speculation continues

Entrepreneur

66

Other officials

Several former public officials have remained a force in the party.

“I'm running for the President of the United States of America.”

Richard Ojeda

He’s running

West Virginia state senator, former House candidate

50

“If we’re ready, and no one has moved in that I think can do it, then I may very well do it.”

Joe Biden

Looking like a candidate

Former Vice President

78

“We’ll see. ... I think I’ll make a decision by the end of the year.”

Eric Holder

Keeping options open

Former Attorney General

69

“I’m really not thinking about it”

John Kerry

Keeping options open

Former secretary of state and 2004 presidential nominee

77

“No, no. I’m going to support other people who are running for office.”

Hillary Clinton

Said no, speculation continues

Former secretary of state and 2016 presidential nominee

73

Laris Karklis and Reuben Fischer-Baum contributed to this report.

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Originally published May 14, 2018.

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