Nearly two dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have hit the road to pitch their vision, experiment with catchphrases and test policy ideas. On the other side, some Republicans have challenged President Trump in the Republican primary.
When do candidates usually announce?
In previous presidential election cycles, most major-party candidates announced their campaigns in the first half of the year before the election. The chart below does not include the intermediate step of creating an exploratory committee.
Source: Smart Politics
A traditional launching pad for the presidency, this class will have to overcome frustration with Washington.
“Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”
A self-described Democratic socialist, the senator from Vermont won 43 percent of the popular vote in the 2016 Democratic primaries.
“If we keep going down this road, we’re going to be the first generation of Americans to leave less opportunity, not more, to the next generation.”
A former Denver schools superintendent and current senator from Colorado, the champion of political moderation announced a run following a prostate cancer diagnosis and surgery.
“I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now ... and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field.”
A former mayor of Newark, the senator from New Jersey speaks of love, human connection and economic renewal on the trail.
“I am so proud of this team and all we've accomplished. But I think it’s important to know how you can best serve.”
A senator from New York who led the fight against sexual assault in the military and sexual harassment in government.
“The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.”
A former prosecutor and longtime criminal justice reformer, the Californian won a Senate seat the same night Trump won the White House.
“Our nation must be governed not from chaos but from opportunity.”
After winning reelection in 2018 by 24 percentage points, the senator from Minnesota says she believes that many in the Midwest were not heard in the 2016 election.
“If we organize together, if we fight together, if we persist together we can win. We can and we will.”
The former law professor’s work on bankruptcy regulation led her into politics, where she became a two-term senator from Massachusetts.
Each brings a perspective to the race forged in their own distinct parts of the country.
“I ask you to join me, join me in putting this spirit ... of service above self at the forefront.”
One of the first female combat veterans to join Congress, the 37-year-old representative from Hawaii backed Bernie Sanders in 2016.
“It is clear that God has a different purpose for me at this moment in time.”
A former Maryland representative, he announced a presidential run in July 2017 and has stressed bipartisanship during several trips to Iowa.
“I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important.”
A representative from Massachusetts and Marine Corps veteran, he dropped his opposition to Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House.
“This moment of peril produces perhaps the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone inside of it.”
A former House member from El Paso, he emerged as a Democratic star in 2018, raising huge sums of money during his unsuccessful Senate bid.
“I got into this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten people of our country. I look forward to continuing that fight.”
A U.S. representative from Ohio, he ran against Nancy Pelosi for Democratic leader in 2016. He has stressed the need for Democrats to win back working-class voters.
“Without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to husband their resolve and to sacrifice resources any longer”
A former House member and unsuccessful Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, the Navy veteran is running on “restoring U.S. global leadership.”
“Today ends our presidential campaign, but it is the beginning of an opportunity in Congress with a new perspective ...”
A vocal member of the House intelligence committee, he has said he wants gun control “front and center in our national policy debate.”
They bring a record of policy accomplishments and executive experience from their home states.
“I leave this race filled with gratitude and optimism, inspired and energized by the good people I’ve had the privilege of meeting over the course of the campaign.”
The moderate Democrat won reelection as governor in 2016 even as Trump won big in Montana. He has visited key presidential states and tacked left on gun control, signaling a play for more-liberal voters.
“Today, I’m ending my campaign for president. But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together.”
A two-term Colorado governor and former Denver mayor and pub owner, he pitched himself as nonpartisan and a business-friendly pragmatist.
“It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race.”
An outgoing chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, the Washington governor made climate change a central part of his platform.
“This time is about more than removing an unpopular and divisive leader, as important as that is, but about delivering instead for you.”
A former Massachussetts governor who ruled out a presidential run early on. He decided to run and will attempt to bring an aspirational message to the race, but could face scrutiny over his corporate ties.
Only two mayors have ever made it to the Oval Office, but both served in other government roles before becoming president.
“I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election”
A three-term mayor of New York City, he founded an eponymous technology company that made him the 11th-richest person in the world, worth about $50 billion, according to Forbes.
“It's not just about winning an election — it's about winning an era.”
A veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve who served in the Afghanistan conflict, the 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Ind., is also the only openly gay candidate in the field.
“I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together ... I have determined that it simply isn’t our time.”
A former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of Housing and Urban Development, he spent the early Trump years travelling the country to support a new generation of Democratic leaders.
“There’s plenty of money in this world. There’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands.”
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The current mayor of New York City, he travelled to Iowa in 2017, where he declared, “We are at the beginning of a progressive era.”
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the paths to the presidency have broadened like never before.
“As an outsider, I’ve led grassroots efforts that have taken on big corporations and won results for people.”
A billionaire former hedge fund manager who financed a campaign to impeach President Trump. He announced in January that he would not run, but has now jumped into the contest.
“I don’t want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning any of [the primaries].”
A spiritual author and entrepreneur who ran an unsuccessful independent campaign for the House in 2014, she announced a bid in late January.
“No one else is going to build a better world for us. We’re going to have to do it ourselves. Together.”
An entrepreneur who is advocating for a universal basic income for U.S. adults, he declared his run in February.
Several former public officials have remained a force in the party.
“[W]e are in the battle for the soul of this nation.”
The 76-year-old former vice president is one of the most well-known names in the field. He has said it is “totally legitimate” if voters think he is too old to take on Trump.
“Unfortunately, we've made the decision that we're going to end this presidential campaign.”
A brash former West Virginia state senator and retired Army paratrooper, he announced a presidential bid after an unsuccessful run for the U.S. House.
Some concerned Republicans have hinted they might challenge Trump in the primary. At least one person is looking at an independent bid.
“Our new slogan for 2020, you know what it is? Keep America Great.”
“The country deserves to have some fiscal constraint and conservatism.”
Former Mass. governor, 2016 libertarian VP nominee
“I think that as a Republican Party, we have lost our way.”
Former South Carolina governor and U.S. representative
“I’m running because Donald Trump is not who we are. In fact, he’s the worst of who we are.”
Former Illinois congressman and talk-radio host