Just the Facts

Five Facts on the 2020 Election Field

By Emma Petasis
May 1, 2019 | Blog

On February 22, we published a blog on the 2020 presidential field. Since then, almost a dozen more Democrats, and one Republican have announced their candidacies, and have discussed their plans. Here are the facts.

1. 20 Democrats have entered the race.

As of today, there are 20 Democratic candidates running for president: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Wayne Messam, Seth Moulton, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. 

2. Joe Biden is the current front-runner. 

Even before his announcement, former Vice President Joe Biden was the front-runner leading all Democratic candidates. After his announcement, CNN conducted a poll showing that 39% of Democrats or left-leaning voters say Biden is their top choice for the nomination, up by 11% in the past month. The following competitor is Bernie Sanders with 15%, more than 20 points behind.[1]

3. There has been more record-breaking fundraising.

Raising $6.3 million in his first 24 hours, Biden surpassed Sander’s impressive fundraising sum of $5.9 million in 24 hours; and both candidates have amassed significantly more money than their competitors.[2]


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4. Only one Republican has announced a primary challenge against President Trump.

Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts has been a vocal critic of President Trump since the 2016 election. He had run for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016 and has since switched back to the Republican Party to challenge President Trump. The New York Times listen Gov. Larry Hogan and Gov. John Kasich as possible Republican challengers, as they have both been critical of President Trump, but neither has announced.[3]

5. There has been some division in the Democratic party.

RealClear Politics writes that while the party wants to end the Trump presidency, there have been clear divisions which have been reflected in their town hall meetings. Breaking on the subject of impeachment and health care, the candidates don’t always agree.  Sens. Sanders, Harris, Booker, and Gillibrand have pushed for impeachment and Medicare for all, while Klobuchar has refused to endorse either effort. Sen. Sanders embraces the notion of the Democratic Socialist, while Biden has criticized socialism. Sen. Sanders also spoke on giving incarcerated individuals the right to vote, a measure that was highly criticized by other candidates. 




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