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In 2016, five candidates competed in the Democratic presidential primary. Only one month into 2019, seven Democrats have already announced their intentions to run; three other Democrats have set up exploratory committees to determine whether they too should run. One thing is already clear this early on in the game — Democrats across the left’s political spectrum are aiming to get President Donald J. Trump out of office.
Here is a list of all the candidates trying to go up against Trump in 2020 so far (and we may well see many more emerge):
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). The junior senator from New Jersey announced his candidacy February 1st. It has been long speculated that Booker would run; he is perhaps the least surprising of the candidates on this list.
Marianne Williamson. Although the best-selling author, who announced her candidacy January 28th, has no political experience, she ran for a congressional seat in California in 2016.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). The California senator announced her candidacy January 21st, a move that many predicted as early as the start of last year.
Julián Castro. Castro, who served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, announced his candidacy January 12th. Notably, he made his announcement in English and Spanish.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The representative from Hawaii’s 2ns district announced her candidacy on January 11th. Her announcement has not come without controversy; past homophobic remarks reemerged after she made her announcement.
Andrew Yang. The 44-year old author and tech figure announced his bid on November 6th, 2018. Despite having no explicit political experience, he worked with the Obama administration to advocate for entrepenurship.
Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney. The former representative from Maryland announced his candidacy earliest of anyone on this list, on July 28th, 2018. He has been actively campaigning ever since.
The following people have set up exploratory committees in regard to a potential run for president:
Pete Buttigieg. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana announced his exploratory committee on January 23rd. If he does choose to run, he’ll be the first married gay man to do so.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Gillibrand announced her exploratory committee on January 15th. In the Trump era, she has emerged as one of the Senate’s strongest advocates for women’s rights.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren announced her exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2018. Warren has been outspoken on standing against Trump on all fronts, perhaps more than any other senator.
Which of these candidates is your early favorite, and why? Let us know in the comments.