Report: More Democrats Will Run For The Presidency In 2020 Than Republicans Ran In 2016

Although the 2020 presidential election is still some time off, the number of Democrats potentially running is starting to add up into a truly jaw-dropping figure.

CNN recently conducted a poll which included 16 individuals who could potentially run, but a report from the Washington Examiner adds an additional 14 candidates, bringing the total to 30 potential candidates.

The crowded field will undoubtedly narrow some as the date nears the election, but in the post-Clinton era, the large number gives the Democrat Party plenty of choices for the future of their party and its potential new direction.

Here’s the list, ranked in no specific order:

  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  2. Former Secretary of State John Kerry
  3. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
  4. California Senator Kamala Harris
  5. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
  6. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
  7. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  8. Former Attorney General Eric Holder
  9. Attorney Michael Avenatti
  10. New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand
  11. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
  12. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  13. Montana Governor Steve Bullock
  14. Maryland Congressman John Delaney
  15. Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke
  16. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  17. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
  18. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
  19. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
  20. Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom
  21. Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper
  22. Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Tom Steyer
  23. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
  24. California Congressman Eric Swalwell
  25. Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton
  26. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
  27. Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg
  28. Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu
  29. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo
  30. Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe

Per the CNN report, only Biden and Sanders are polling with double digits amid the crowded field. In fact, Biden and Sanders together had more votes than all the other contenders combined. Here are some of the results:

In the race for the Democratic nomination to face Trump, former Vice President Biden leads a massive potential field. The poll asked Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to choose their preferred presidential nominee among 16 possible candidates. Biden tops the list with 33% support, followed by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the 2016 runner-up, at 13%. Sen. Kamala Harris of California follows at 9%, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 8%. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry garnered 5% support.

And, per Washington Examiner:

These early polls could prove meaningless, as 2014 or 2015 surveys that showed Scott Walker and Rand Paul to be much more likely to win the Republican nomination than Trump. Or they could show an insurmountable advantage in name identification, much like the 1995 and 1999 leads enjoyed by Bob Dole and George W. Bush, respectively.

Biden and Sanders will both be in their late 70s, so it is conceivable neither will run. If that is the case, the race becomes even less predictable. Even if either or both run, the Democrats have traditionally been drawn to insurgents or relative unknowns. See George McGovern over the likes of Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, or Obama over Clinton.

Former Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton might also be considering a third bid for the presidency and her entering the field would certainly shake things up.

Washington Examiner notes the list could get even bigger as Hollywood elites could look to follow in President Trump’s footsteps and join the political arena without prior experience. Oprah Winfrey is one name that has surfaced as a presidential candidate, but there are many on the left side of the aisle who have large followings in La La Land.

The lengthy list easily tops the 17 candidates which ran under the Republican banner in 2016.


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