We’re early enough in the 2020 Democratic Primary when no candidates have confirmed their intention to run. However, a lot can be gleaned from their actions and where they spend their precious time. No kickoff to a Presidential campaign is complete without laying the groundwork in the early caucus and primary states. Iowa is always a must-go for candidates in either party followed by New Hampshire, and even South Carolina. Ultimately, the contacts and groundwork laid in these few early states is what can determine how far a candidate makes it into the primary. So if you are watching the 2020 Democratic field for some hints, check their travel schedule.

Fortunately, The Hill has been tracking many top Democrats and found their travel schedules include a lot of out-of-the-way trips to places like Iowa and New Hampshire:

Democrats with an eye on challenging President Trump in 2020 are already making travel plans that could position themselves for a potential bid.

Progressive favorite Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sparked the latest round of intrigue last week when he announced he’d be heading back to Iowa, which hosts the first vote of the presidential primary race, to campaign for a former staffer’s congressional bid.

Here’s a rundown of which potential 2020 contenders have already made the pilgrimage to key early primary states Iowa or New Hampshire, sorted by those who have traveled to these states the most.

I’ve taken the names and numbers from the story and put them into a chart format so you can see which candidates are clearly getting serious about a Presidential run:

2020 Dem ContenderIowaNew Hampshire
Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander107
Maryland Rep. John Delaney75
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley53
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders32
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan22
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar2
Former Vice President Joe Biden1
Former Secretary of State John Kerry1
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg1
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio1
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley1
Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton1
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti1

Note that there are several other Democratic contenders who are not listed, but have visited Iowa or intend to visit other early primary states. These are just the candidates recently tracked by The Hill.

If you know of another candidate with a documented visit (like a news story) to an early primary state, leave a comment and I’ll update the table accordingly.


  1. Let’s see your list has the names of two geriatrics (Sanders & Biden). Failed presidential candidate and useless Secretary of State John Kerry. And of course there is a list of people known only in their own geographic regions.?

    If this is the best the Democrats can do, I hope that you are ready for another four great years of President Donald J Trump.?

    • Kerry is the oddest name to me, but he’s actually expressed interest in 2020. Does he excite anyone in the Democratic base? Really??? I think not.

      • Pelosi or Hillary would be excellent candidates. Maybe President and VP candidates.

        They both have an excellent way with words. Pelosi could yell “Amageton is coming unless Hillary is elected” and Hillary could call Nancy a “Basket of Deplorables.”

  2. Democrats need to let go of their old worn out presidential picks and find a younger spirit to lead them. It is a safe bet that if Joe Kennedy III runs for president in 2020 he will win. Kennedy has served in the House of Representatives since 2012.

    Kennedy has not shy about sharing his criticisms of the Trump administration. He called last year’s GOP healthcare bill an “act of malice.”

    • Is that the Kennedy that gave the response to Trump’s SOTU speech? If so some leftist News outlets said the response was horrible.

      Good luck with him running.

      • No one knows for certain if Joe Kennedy III will run for president or if he did would he be a candidate you would like. But he did give a good strong speech, lip gloss and all, precisely because he, like Obama and Lincoln before him, refused to be baited by the Donald Trumps of the world into accepting a vision of a segmented America.

          • Let’s give Kennedy III and George W a rest. Let’s talk about the US’s biggest practitioner of globalism, Donald J Trump. Trump encourages his supports to use the word globalism as a slur and condemn it. Truth is, Globalism is what Trump uses to run his global business empire. Trump golf courses all over the world, numerous Trump Towers on foreign soil, Trump memes, manufacturing of the Trump Family’s clothing line in 13 foreign countries, including hot spots China, Turkey, Mexico, and Honduras. Two of Trump’s wives were born and reared to adulthood in foreign countries. Yet Trump has succeeded in projecting his anxiety about the phenomenon of globalization onto the figure of a swarthy little brown guy with an accent.

            • Do you really equate globalism to individuals? This is the way I think of globalism: Putting the interests of the world above individual Nations.

              Yes, Trump has businesses in various countries. However, that is a far cry from globalism, right?

              My wife happens to be from the Philippines. But I don’t have anything to do with globalism.

            • Even if you want to avoid the globalization movement, you often have no choice. The influx of foreign competitors in the U.S. limits the number of companies in some industries that can succeed with only domestic sales. In the same way, if your competitors expand globally, you have to consider following suit. Any money other companies make in foreign markets, they can bring back to the United States and invest it in promoting their brands, products and services domestically. Small example: Just ask yourself “who hasn’t used ebay”? If you shop Walmart or Whole Foods, read the labels because the majority of their products come from foreign countries. That is globalism, regardless of where you live.

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