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The list is deep and wide. Everyone from Congressmen, Mayors, Senators, Governors, and even business leaders of some of the world’s largest companies. Toss in a few celebrities, and the Democratic field could be very deep in 2020. The Republican National Committee has put out a “watch list,” of sorts, to indicate the names they are keeping tabs on as the next presidential election inches closer.

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The Washington Examiner reports on the list:

The potential candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic National Convention being watched and “listed” by the GOP has reached 50, and includes newcomers like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton, who continues to hang on.

In mocking the potentials, the GOP called them the “50 Most Beautiful Democrats Running For President,” and suggested their list should be the heir to the now-canceled “50 most beautiful” Capitol Hill people published by The Hill.

“So while 2020 is still a long way away, Democrats have reason to worry about what’s shaping up to be the largest primary field ever, even if it’s not quite 50,” said Michael Ahrens, the Republican National Committee’s rapid response director in a release.

The RNC wants a huge Democratic field because it will cause more dividing of the party behind many separate factions. A larger field also means the potential for a much longer primary seasons before a winner is secured. With that in mind, realize that some of these names on the list have close to a zero percent chance of actually launching a campaign.

Here’s the entire list of potential Democratic challengers, in no particular order:

  1. Sen. Bernie Sanders
  2. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
  3. Sen. Cory Booker
  4. Former Sen. John Kerry
  5. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Mayor Eric Garcetti
  7. Sen. Chris Murphy
  8. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  9. Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro
  10. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
  11. Mayor Mitch Landrieu
  12. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  13. Sen. Tim Kaine
  14. Gov. Roy Cooper
  15. Former Gov. Deval Patrick
  16. Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz
  17. Sen. Kamala Harris
  18. Sen. Jeff Merkley
  19. Rep. Seth Moulton
  20. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  21. Gov. Gina Raimondo
  22. Sen. Mark Warner
  23. Gov. John Hickenlooper
  24. Gov. Jerry Brown
  25. Former first lady Michelle Obama
  26. Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  27. Rep. John Delaney
  28. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe
  29. Former Gov. Martin O’Malley
  30. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  31. Gov. Steve Bullock
  32. Gov. Jay Inslee
  33. Gov. Lincoln Chafee
  34. Mayor Bill de Blasio
  35. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  36. Sen. Sherrod Brown
  37. Former talk show host Oprah Winfrey
  38. Rep. Tim Ryan
  39. Former Secretary of State Jason Kander
  40. Hedge fund manager Tom Steyer
  41. Former Attorney General Eric Holder
  42. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez
  43. Disney CEO Bob Iger
  44. Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  45. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  46. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
  47. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  48. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  49. Rep. Adam Schiff
  50. Rep. Keith Ellison

Plenty of familiar names there, many of which we’ve organized into our list of 2020 Democratic challengers. Then there is at least one-third of the list we can probably count out right now, like Tom Steyer and/or Oprah Winfrey, for example. Many celebrities and business people toy with the idea of running for office, but to do so would mean they’d be sacrificing a lot in terms of privacy and their commercial brand. Trump went ahead with it anyway, despite the downfalls. In some ways, he may have paved the way for other non-politicians. However, he also may be showing them the pitfalls involved such as being forced to disclose lots of financial information and having all your business dealings put under the microscope.

Even if half the list ends up seriously running, that’s 25 Democrats duking it out for the chance to challenge Trump. Bring on the popcorn.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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