A record number of candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
18 total Democratic contenders are competing in the primary, including a former vice president, six current US senators, four current and former members of the US House, one governor, three mayors, two businessmen, and one prominent author.
The most recent candidates to drop out are Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who dropped out on October 24, and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who quit the race on September 20.
Former South Carolina governor and Rep. Mark Sanford, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, and former GOP congressman Joe Walsh are also challenging Trump in the Republican primary.
Here's a list of the major party 2020 presidential candidates.
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Soon after assuming the office of the presidency in January 2017, President Donald Trump filed preliminary paperwork that laid the groundwork for re-election in 2020.
Currently, 20 Democratic contenders are lined up to challenge Trump — making for one of the largest and most diverse primary fields in recent history. So far, an additional four Democrats have dropped out of the race.
While California Rep. Eric Swalwell dropped out of the presidential race to run for re-election in the House on July 8, billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer — also from California — jumped into the race less than a day after, pledging to spend at least $100 million on his campaign.
Since then, former Gov. John Hickenlooper has also dropped out to run for US Senate, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington quit the race on August 21 to run for a third term, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts dropped out to run for re-election, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ended her campaign, too.
The most recent candidates to drop out are Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who dropped out on October 24, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who quit the race on September 20, and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who dropped out on November 1.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden, six current and former US Senators, four current and former members of the House of Representatives, three mayors, one governor, two businessmen, and one prominent author are now in the race.
Trump is also facing opposition within his own party. Former South Carolina governor and Rep. Mark Sanford, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, and former GOP congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh are both challenging Trump in the Republican primary.
Here are all the major party candidates running for president in 2020: Former South Carolina governor and Rep. Mark Sanford
Sanford announced on September 8, 2019 that he would launch a primary challenge to Trump, which marked the third challenge from within the president's party.
The former congressman lost a primary in 2018 after emerging as a vocal critic of Trump, who in turn encouraged voters to vote against him.
In a "Fox News Sunday" interview announcing the challenge, Sanford said he thinks "we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican."
"I think that as a Republican Party we have lost our way," he added.
Read more about Mark Sanford's campaign.
Former Tea Party congressman and conservative radio show host Joe Walsh.
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Walsh, who served one term in Congress from 2011 to 2013, announced he would launch a primary challenge against Trump on August 25.
Speaking to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Walsh said, "We've got a guy in the White House who is unfit, completely unfit to be president and it stuns me that nobody stepped up, nobody in the Republican party stepped up."
While Walsh initially voted for and supported Trump, he has since become one of Trump's most vocal critics, calling Trump's behavior "narcissistic" and "childish."
Read more about Joe Walsh's campaign.
Billionaire financier and liberal activist Tom Steyer
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Steyer, who is 62 and based in San Francisco, made his fortune as an investor and hedge fund manager — but has since focused his efforts on advancing progressive causes with two organizations: Need To Impeach, and NextGen America, the latter of which is focused on combating climate change.
In January 2019, Steyer said he did not plan to run for president and would be "dedicating 100% of my time and effort in 2019 towards Mr. Trump's impeachment and removal from office."
But Steyer since changed his mind, making a late entrance into the 2020 field with a video announcement on July 9 and planning to spend at least $100 million of his own money on his campaign.
Read more about Tom Steyer's campaign.
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