How well do you know the Democratic candidates?

Twenty-four candidates are still in the game before the second Democratic presidential debate, just one short of a Major League Baseball roster. As with a roster, there have been moves — Eric Swalwell is out, Joe Sestak and Tom Steyer are in — and frankly, it’s a lot to keep track of. So if you hear a name or see a face and find yourself asking, “Wait, which one is she?” or “Is he the one who …” then this (updated) quiz is for you.

1. Find who’s who

Just tell me which one it is

2. Fill in their day jobs

is Drop your choice here
  • Colorado senator
  • former U.S. vice president
  • New Jersey senator
  • Governor of Montana
  • Mayor of South Bend, Ind.
  • former HUD secretary
  • Mayor of New York
  • former Maryland representative
  • Hawaii representative
  • New York senator
  • California senator
  • former governor of Colorado
  • Governor of Washington
  • Minnesota senator
  • Mayor of Miramar, Fla.
  • Massachusetts representative
  • former Texas representative
  • Ohio representative
  • Vermont senator
  • former Pennsylvania representative
  • activist
  • Massachusetts senator
  • author, activist, spiritual adviser
  • entrepreneur
Just tell me which one it is

3. Choose who said this

We’re helping you by putting the candidates’ signature issue(s) in there as well. Look for clues in the issues and the quotes to figure out who said each of these.

In addition to core issues, candidates have addressed many other topics in their speeches and platforms. Explore this graphic to find out much more about their positions on a variety of issues.

4. Guess who this describes

Click on the candidate
Just tell me who it is
Play again

See all the info

If you’re tired of guessing and just want to see all the answers, click on the candidates you’d like to know more about and we’ll show you — no more questions asked.

We’ve got plenty more you can read about these candidates. These links will get you started:

Bonnie Berkowitz

Bonnie Berkowitz is a reporter in the Graphics department at The Washington Post who often focuses on Health & Science topics.

Adrian Blanco

Adrian Blanco is an intern in the Graphics department at The Washington Post. He previously worked at Spanish newspaper El Confidencial focusing on data visualization, data analysis and investigative journalism and participating in the ICIJ’s Paradise Papers investigation.

Chiqui Esteban

Chiqui Esteban works as Graphics Director at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he worked as Deputy Director of Art, Graphics and Maps at National Geographic and Graphics Director at The Boston Globe.

About this story

Name recognition data for question 1 comes from a poll sponsored and conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute from May 16 to 20, 2019, with a national random sample of 802 adults age 18 and older, in English. This includes 322 contacted by a live interviewer on a landline telephone and 480 contacted by a live interviewer on a cellphone. The results are based on a subsample of 334 registered voters who identify themselves as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party.
Quotations for question 2 are taken from transcripts of candidates’ speeches. Information on signatures issues and anecdotes comes from campaign information and published media reports.

Originally published June 21, 2019.

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