Who’s Running For President in 2020?


Trying to figure out who is running for President in 2020? President Donald Trump is running for re-election in 2020 and there are many Democratic candidates lining up to challenge him for the Presidency. Here are the top major candidates from each party who have officially launched campaigns, exploratory committees, or are said to be considering launching a campaign.


This list is in alphabetical order and will be updated as candidates advance their way through the process to launch fully declared campaigns.

Declared Major Candidates

Declared candidates have taken steps to form an official campaign and formally announce that they are running for President in 2020.

Donald Trump 2020

Donald Trump (Incumbent)
President of the United States of America since 2016
Announced: January 20, 2017

Cory Booker 2020

Cory Booker
U.S. Senator from New Jersey since 2013
Announced: February 1, 2019

Julian Castro 2020

Julian Castro
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from Texas
Announced: January 12, 2019

John Delaney 2020

John Delaney
U.S. Representative from Maryland since 2013
Announced: August 10, 2017

Tulsi Gabbard 2020

Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative for the 2nd district of Hawaii since 2013

Kamala Harris 2020

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator from California since 2017
Announced: January 21, 2019

Amy Klobuchar 2020

Amy Klobuchar
U.S. Senator from Minnesota since 2006

Bernie Sanders 2020

Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2007

Elizabeth Warren 2020

Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts since 2013

Formed Exploratory Committee

Candidates who have formed an exploratory committee can begin raising money and testing their support without fully forming an official campaign. These candidates may still decide not to run in 2020.

Pete Buttigieg 2020

Pete Buttigieg
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012

Kirsten Gillibrand 2020

Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator from New York since January 2009

Possible Major Candidates

There are many possible candidates who have either hinted at running or have been suggested as possible 2020 Democratic candidates. These candidates have not publicly made any formal movement toward an exploratory committee or a full campaign.

Joe Biden 2020

Joe Biden
Former United States Senator and Former Vice President of the United States

Steve Bullock 2020

Steve Bullock
Governor of Montana since 2013

Andrew Cuomo 2020

Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York since 2011

John Hickenlooper 2020

John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado since 2011

Jay Inslee 2020

Jay Inslee
Governor of Washington since 2013

Tim Kaine 2020

Tim Kaine
U.S. Senator from Virginia since 2013

Mitch Landrieu 2020

Mitch Landrieu
Mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018

Terry McAuliffe 2020

Terry McAuliffe
Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018

Seth Moulton 2020

Seth Moulton
U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 6th district since 2015

Chris Murphy 2020

Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator from Connecticut since 2013

Martin O'Malley 2020

Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015

Beto O'Rourke 2020

Beto O’Rourke
U.S. Representative for the 16th district of Texas since 2013

Dropped Out

These candidates are no longer running or have stated they will not run for president in 2020.

Eric Garcetti 2020

Eric Garcetti
Mayor of Los Angeles since 2013

Richard Ojeda 2020

Richard Ojeda
West Virginia State Senator since 2016

This list is updated regularly. See a name not listed that you think is running? Get in touch.