By Natasha Bach
Updated: February 19, 2019 10:38 AM ET | Originally published: January 23, 2019

The 2020 presidential election may still be more than a year away, but the field of Democratic candidates is already crowded.

While Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the latest to announce his candidacy, more are likely to join the field of 12 now vying for their party’s nomination.

The victor will run against Republican President Donald J. Trump in his presumed reelection bid, unless former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld or another Republican manages to edge out the incumbent.


New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker entered the race on Feb. 1, followed by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Feb. 10. Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 23.

On Jan. 12, former San Antonio Mayor and Obama administration official Julian Castro announced his bid after forming an exploratory committee in December. On Jan. 15, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert announced her exploratory committee.

California Sen. Kamala Harris declared her intentions on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren put forth her candidacy on New Year’s Eve.

A number of lesser-known Democratic candidates have also announced their intentions to run for president, including Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and writer and spiritual advisor to Oprah Marianne Williamson. Former West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda, while one of the first to announce his candidacy, recently dropped out of the race after deciding that he didn’t have a shot at winning.

Potential Candidates

There are a number of other prominent Democrats considered potential candidates. They include former Vice President Joe Biden. There’s also speculation Hillary Clinton may try to see if the third time’s a charm. Former New York City Mayor—and former Republican—Michael Bloomberg could also run as a Democrat.

Other prospective candidates include Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.


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