Of the candidates we’re following…

  • 2 are running
  • 25 have dropped out
Recent updates
  • March 19: Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is dropping out.
  • March 5: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is dropping out.
  • March 4: Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is dropping out.
  • March 2: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropping out.

U.S. Senate

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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.

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.

Dropped Out

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Tulsi Gabbard

Representative from Hawaii's 2nd District

Announced candidacy on Jan. 11, 2019. Dropped out on March 19, 2020.

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Elizabeth Warren

Senator from Massachusetts

Announced exploratory committee on Dec. 31, 2018; announced candidacy on Feb. 9, 2019. Dropped out on March 5, 2020.

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Mike Bloomberg

Former mayor of New York City

Announced candidacy on Nov. 24, 2019. Dropped out on March 4, 2020.

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Amy Klobuchar

Senator from Minnesota

Announced candidacy on Feb. 10, 2019. Dropped out on March 2, 2020.

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Pete Buttigieg

Former mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Announced exploratory committee on Jan. 23, 2019. Dropped out on March 1, 2020.

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Tom Steyer

Billionaire business executive, activist

Announced candidacy on July 9, 2019. Dropped out on Feb. 29, 2020.

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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.