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U.S. Senate

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Amy Klobuchar

Senator from Minnesota

About The Candidate

59 years old

Announced candidacy on Feb. 10, 2019

NPR Analysis

The Minnesota senator and former prosecutor could have a geographic advantage. Trump won Midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin that had been Democratic strongholds, while Klobuchar, 58, has outpaced national Democrats in Minnesota. Hillary Clinton won it by fewer than 2 percentage points in 2016, while Klobuchar won more than 60 percent of the vote in 2018. On policy, she has taken up consumer protection and criminal justice issues but has not waded deep into thornier concerns. “I tend not to be a spear-thrower,” Klobuchar said in 2013. That could be a downside if the progressive Democratic base wants a pugilist.

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Bernie Sanders

Senator from Vermont

About The Candidate

78 years old

Announced candidacy on Feb. 19, 2019

NPR Analysis

No one person is more responsible for what the 2020 Democrats are running on than the Vermont senator. Yet he may struggle to keep together his coalition that gave Hillary Clinton a serious challenge in 2016, with so many competing candidates adopting his views. The 77-year-old democratic socialist went from pushing his ideas on income inequality and health care from the fringes into the mainstream of the party. Even though Sanders is a member of Senate Democratic leadership and ran for the Democratic nomination four years ago, the independent has declined to join the party. That rankles some Democratic activists, many of whom also say they would like to vote for someone younger.

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Elizabeth Warren

Senator from Massachusetts

About The Candidate

70 years old

Announced exploratory committee on Dec. 31, 2018; announced candidacy on Feb. 9, 2019

NPR Analysis

Presenting herself a populist fighter, the former law professor has sought tougher regulations on Wall Street, including as the chief architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Warren has not shied away from calling out what she sees as endemic structural problems and causes of income inequality. A popular target of President Trump’s for her past claims of Native American heritage, Warren’s attempt to move past that with a DNA test landed her in controversy.

U.S. House

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Tulsi Gabbard

Representative from Hawaii's 2nd District

About The Candidate

38 years old

Announced candidacy on Jan. 11, 2019

NPR Analysis

A supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary against Hillary Clinton, Gabbard decided to give it a go herself in 2020. Gabbard served in the Army National Guard, stepping down from the Hawaii state Legislature in 2004 for the first of two deployments to the Middle East. She is running as an anti-war Democrat. She has landed in controversy, however, for meeting with Syrian leader Bashar Assad without the Obama administration’s knowledge in January 2017. She has declined to apologize for that but did apologize when confronted with her past positions against LGBTQ rights.

Obama Administration

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

About The Candidate

77 years old

Announced candidacy on April 25, 2019

NPR Analysis

He is the only person in the field to be on the last two winning Democratic presidential tickets, as Barack Obama’s vice president. Polls show him leading the field, but Biden is seen as a pragmatist who is friendly to Republicans and landed in controversy even before his presidential campaign began. Several women said he made them feel uncomfortable because of unwanted touching. He wrote the Violence Against Women Act but faces questions about the treatment of Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing, which he chaired in 1991. Biden is also under scrutiny for positions in decades past on crime, while banking on his broad appeal to moderate voters who went for Trump in a crowded field of many lesser-known candidates.

State Officials

Mayors

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Mike Bloomberg

Former mayor of New York City

About The Candidate

77 years old

Announced candidacy on Nov. 24, 2019

NPR Analysis

Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest people, made a late entry into the Democratic presidential nominating contest after initially deciding to stay on the sidelines. His decision to jump into the already crowded field was a reflection of his thinking that the current field of Democratic candidates is not well-positioned to win in 2020. He is expected to focus his resources on the 15 states that head to the polls on Super Tuesday instead of the four early voting states. Bloomberg’s entry into the race included a massive television advertising campaign of more than $30 million. His rivals say he is attempting to buy victory in the race by tapping into his personal fortunes.

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Pete Buttigieg

Former mayor of South Bend, Ind.

About The Candidate

38 years old

Announced exploratory committee on Jan. 23, 2019

NPR Analysis

One of the youngest candidates, he has cast his candidacy as about the future. He wants policies “untethered to the politics of the past” and has played up being part of a “generation that is stepping forward.” He’s an Afghanistan War veteran and the first married gay man to make a run at the presidency. For Buttigieg, it will be difficult to vault onto the national scene as a small-city mayor.

Outsiders

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Tom Steyer

Billionaire business executive, activist

About The Candidate

62 years old

Announced candidacy on July 9, 2019

NPR Analysis

Impeachment, impeachment, impeachment. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Steyer, a California billionaire hedge-fund manager, announced for president as liberals increase pressure on congressional leaders to go forward with impeachment proceedings of President Trump after the Mueller report was released. Steyer had promised to spend some $40 million on ads promoting impeachment and announced in January he would not run for president. But his change of heart will mean impeachment will get more of a focus in this Democratic presidential race.

Dropped Out

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Deval Patrick

Former governor of Massachusetts

Announced candidacy on Nov. 14, 2019. Dropped out on Feb. 12, 2020.

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Michael Bennet

Senator from Colorado

Announced candidacy on May 2, 2019. Dropped out on Feb. 11, 2020.

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Andrew Yang

Founder of Venture for America

Announced candidacy on Nov. 6, 2017. Dropped out on Feb. 11, 2020.

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John Delaney

Former representative from Maryland's 6th District

Announced candidacy on July 28, 2017. Dropped out on Jan. 31, 2020.

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Cory Booker

Senator from New Jersey

Announced candidacy on Feb. 1, 2019. Dropped out on Jan. 14, 2020.

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Marianne Williamson

Spiritual guru, entrepreneur

Announced candidacy on Jan. 28, 2019. Dropped out on Jan. 10, 2020.

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Julián Castro

Former secretary of housing and urban development

Announced candidacy on Jan. 12, 2019. Dropped out on Jan. 2, 2020.

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Kamala Harris

Senator from California

Announced candidacy on Jan. 21, 2019. Dropped out on Dec. 3, 2019.

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Steve Bullock

Governor of Montana

Announced candidacy on May 14, 2019. Dropped out on Dec. 2, 2019.

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Joe Sestak

Former representative from Pennsylvania's 7th District

Announced candidacy on June 22, 2019. Dropped out on Dec. 1, 2019.

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Wayne Messam

Mayor of Miramar, Fla.

Announced candidacy on March 28, 2019. Dropped out on Nov. 20, 2019.

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Beto O'Rourke

Former representative from Texas' 16th District

Announced candidacy on March 14, 2019. Dropped out on Nov. 1, 2019.

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Tim Ryan

Representative from Ohio's 13th District

Announced candidacy on April 4, 2019. Dropped out on Oct. 24, 2019.

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Bill de Blasio

Mayor of New York City

Announced candidacy on May 16, 2019. Dropped out on Sept. 20, 2019.

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator from New York

Announced exploratory committee on Jan. 15, 2019; announced candidacy on March 17, 2019. Dropped out on Aug. 28, 2019.

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Seth Moulton

Representative from Massachusetts' 6th District

Announced candidacy on April 22, 2019. Dropped out on Aug. 23, 2019.

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Jay Inslee

Governor of Washington

Announced candidacy on March 1, 2019. Dropped out on Aug. 21, 2019.

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John Hickenlooper

Former governor of Colorado

Announced candidacy on March 4, 2019. Dropped out on Aug. 15, 2019.

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Eric Swalwell

Representative from California's 15th District

Announced candidacy on April 8, 2019. Dropped out on July 8, 2019.