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.

[Analysis | The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, ranked]

A couple of Democrats have declared candidacy. 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.

“After the midterms, let’s take a look at the field and make a final decision then.”

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 thinking about it. . . . We’re not close to saying yes.”

Sherrod Brown

Keeping options open

Ohio

68

“I am happy where I am right now.”

Amy Klobuchar

Keeping options open

Minnesota

60

“I’m keeping the options open.”

Jeff Merkley

Keeping options open

Oregon

64

“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

Declared

Maryland

57

“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 am focused on serving the people of Hawaii and our country.”

Tulsi Gabbard

Keeping options open

Hawaii

39

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

Seth Moulton

Keeping options open

Massachusetts

39

“I don't want to do it. I will not do it.”

Beto O'Rourke

Said no, speculation continues

Texas

48

Governors

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

“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

“We will make America America again.”

Andrew Cuomo

Keeping options open

New York

63

“It’s not really in the stars.”

Jay Inslee

Keeping options open

Washington

69

“It’s on my radar screen.”

Deval Patrick

Keeping options open

Former Massachusetts Governor

64

Mayors

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

“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

“Yeah, I’m interested.”

Julian Castro

Looking like a candidate

San Antonio/Former HUD Secretary

46

“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

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

Declared

Entrepreneur

46

“I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States.”

Michael Avenatti

Looking like a candidate

Attorney

49

“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

“I have said no, and I’m going to continue to say no.”

Sheryl Sandberg

Said no, speculation continues

Facebook COO

51

“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

Declared

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, Kevin Schaul and Reuben Fischer-Baum contributed to this report.

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Originally published May 14, 2018.

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