WHO IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020?

The official filing period for the New Hampshire presidential primary is in November. To be included in the list below a candidate must have raised at least $500,000 (as of September 30, according to the Federal Election Commission) or been featured in at least three national polls.

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Source: Federal Election Commission, 9/30/2019.

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Long before serving as a U.S. Senator from Colorado, Bennet was the Chief of Staff for another candidate on this page, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.  Bennet announced his presidential campaign after successful surgery for prostate cancer in April 2019.

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Although vice presidents often go on to seek the presidency (George H.W. Bush and Al Gore, for example), Biden declined to run in 2016, due in part to the death of his son in 2015. He is the only former vice presidential candidate running this year.

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Booker, a first-term Senator, is widely regarded as a rising star in the Democratic Party. His home state of New Jersey recently passed a law that will allow him to simultaneously run for president and re-election to the Senate.

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The same year Trump won Montana by 20 points, democratic Governor Bullock won re-election by 4 points.  Supporters believe this demonstrates Bullock's ability to beat Trump. Bullock is also known for challenging the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance when he served as Attorney General of Montana.

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Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.  On his campaign website, Buttigieg describes himself as "a millennial Mayor, Afghanistan war veteran, and husband." He's also making history as an openly gay candidate for president.

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Castro is the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary under President Obama. He gained attention after his 2012 speech at the Democratic National Convention. He was also on Hillary Clinton’s shortlist for vice president. 

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Delaney became the first elected official to declare he is running for president, in 2017. The three-term Congressman and wealthy businessman from Maryland is hoping an early declaration will help him with name recognition.

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Gabbard is a fourth-term representative from Hawaii. She was an early endorser of Bernie Sanders in 2016. She is also an Iraq war veteran.

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Harris announced her presidential campaign on Martin Luther King Day. She is only the second black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. She is also the former attorney general of California, a state which is holding an earlier primary this year.

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Klobuchar is a fourth-term U.S. Senator from Minnesota.  In 2016 the Democrats lost most of the Midwest to Trump, so some analysts believe a midwesterner could help defeat Trump.

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Messam is a first-generation American, born to Jamaican parents. After a star college football career, he started a construction company, then transitioned to local politics. He is currently the mayor of Miramar, Florida.

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Even though Sanders lost the presidential primary in 2016, he has stayed in the spotlight fighting against Trump’s policies and proposing universal health insurance. Sanders enters the 2020 race with the benefit of significant name recognition and a national fundraising network.

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After making his fortune as a hedge fund manager, Steyer turned his attention to political activism.  He has focused on fighting climate change and impeaching President Donald Trump.

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Warren has sparred with Trump on more than one occassion, and brands herself as a watchdog for Wall Street. She was an academic before winning the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

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On her website Williamson writes, "I have been a teacher of transformational wisdom, a successful businesswoman, and a political activist." In 2014 she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in California as an independent, and came in fourth out of fourteen candidates.

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Yang is an entrepreneur who made his name with the nonprofit Venture for America. He is gaining attention for his proposal to give all adults $1,000 in "universal basic income." One lucky family in Goffstown, New Hampshire will receive this income during his campaign.

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Rocky is a California businessman who also ran in 2016.  He is a moderate Republican who opposes a border wall, supports some gun control legislation, and believes the government needs to craft policies to combat climate change.

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While he may face a primary challenge from Weld, President Trump has a significant advantage over any challenger, Democrat or Republican: a preexisting campaign infrastructure and a war chest larger than any other candidate.

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Joe Walsh is an outspoken and sometimes controverial talk radio host. He is also a former U.S. representative from Illinois. On his website he writes, "Donald Trump doesn’t represent us—he represents the worst of us. He hasn’t delivered on his promises, he thinks he’s above the law, and he’s tweeting us into a recession, as we speak."

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Weld is the former governor of Massachusetts and the 2016 vice presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party. This time he is running as a Republican, not a Libertarian.

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