Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor

With over a year and a half still left before the 2020 presidential election, a number of high-profile Democrats have already announced their plans to run for the Democratic nomination.

California Senator Kamala Harris was one of the first big-name Democrats to formally announce she would be running for president in 2020. Harris announced she would be running on Jan. 21, 2019. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced his run for the Democratic nomination on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her run for the Democratic nomination on Feb. 9. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced she would be running for president a day after Warren’s announcement, on Feb. 10.

Other Democrats who have announced their plans to run for the 2020 presidential election include former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, author and lecturer Marianne Williamson and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Currently, the only confirmed 2020 Republican presidential candidate is current President Donald Trump. Trump formally announced his plans for a second presidential candidacy on Feb. 17, 2017. Trump confirmed that current Vice President Mike Pence would remain his vice-presidential pick for his 2020 run on Nov. 7, 2018. On Jan. 23, 2019, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously to offer its “undivided support” for Trump’s re-election campaign.

Notable Republican politicians that have declined to be candidates in the 2020 presidential race include Utah Senator Mitt Romney and former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake. Former Republican presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan and Rand Paul have declined to run again as well.

As of Feb. 10, 2019, 523 candidates have filed to run in the 2020 presidential election. This includes 175 Democrats, 70 Republicans, 20 Libertarians and 13 Green Party candidates.

With a large pool of candidates to choose from and a lot of time between now and November 2020, there is a good chance even more high-profile candidates, both Democratic and Republican, will announce their plans to run for president.

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Birth Date: April 27, 1969

Previous Positions: Mayor of Newark, NJ from 2006-2013, Newark City Council member from 1998-2002.

Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.

Key Stances: Supports safe and legal abortion without restrictions, supports replacing spending with tax incentives to stimulate hiring, supports giving drug addicts treatment rather than long jail sentences.


Birth Date: June 22, 1949

Previous Positions: Special assistant to President Barack Obama for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2010-2011, elementary school teacher, law professor, lawyer and bankruptcy analyst.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Houston, juris doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law.

Key Stances: Supports public abortion funding, supports enforcing against wage discrimination based on gender, opposes trickle-down economics, supports transitioning to green energy for long-term growth.


Birth Date: Oct. 20, 1964

Previous Positions: Attorney general of California from 2011-2017, district attorney of San Francisco from 2004-2011.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Howard University, law degree from University of California Hastings College of Law.

Key Stances: supports public abortion funding, opposes requiring cops to wear body cameras, supports standing with Israel, opposes gun ownership for dangerous convicts or mentally ill.


Birth date: May 25, 1960

Previous Positions: Hennepin County Attorney, partner at law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Yale University, juris doctor degree from University of Chicago Law School.

Key Stances: Supports embryonic stem cell research, supports equal rights for gay partners, voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal and Great lake ecosystems.