2020 Presidential Candidates: Here's the Full, Updated List of Democrats Vying to Take on Donald Trump

The 2020 election is less than two years away and the list of candidates ready to take on Donald Trump grows longer everyday, as Democrats across the country launch their presidential campaigns.

So far, nearly two dozen lawmakers have officially thrown their hats into the ring for the Democratic Party's nomination. There are at least ten more Democrats who have not yet announced 2020 bids, but are considered possible candidates, like Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke and Stacey Abrams.

The 2020 Democratic field is already the most ethnically and racially diverse in history and has a record-breaking number of female candidates vying for a shot at the White House.

But even with dozens of Democrats knocking on the door, Trump has remained confident he will be elected to a second term. During his CPAC speech earlier this month, the president promised the crowd a re-election victory.

"We're going to do it again in 2020, and the numbers, I think, are going to be even bigger," Trump said.

Here's a full, updated list of Democrats aiming to take down Trump in 2020.


Michael Bennet - The 54-year-old Democratic senator from Colorado is the 21st major candidate to enter the primary. The self-described "pragmatic idealist" made his announcement during an interview with CBS This Morning on May 2. Bennet has urged voters to reject candidates who are too progressive, arguing that the Democratic Party needs a nominee who can actually take on Trump.

Joe Biden - The former vice president, after months of speculation, finally announced his candidacy in April. Polling already shows Biden as an easy front-runner in the Democratic primary and a serious challenger to Trump. But recent scandals, including Biden's handling of the Anita Hill 1991 testimony and the half a dozen women who claim he touched them in inappropriate and unwelcome ways, could be early roadblocks to his campaign.

Cory Booker - The New Jersey senator and former Newark mayor has made a name for himself in Congress for his oratory skills and criminal justice reform efforts. He has also signed on as a co-sponsor on progressive legislation like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. But Booker has been criticized for being too cozy with Wall Street after he was the top recipient of corporate money in the 2014 election cycle.

Pete Buttigieg - The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana is one of the youngest candidates to launch a 2020 campaign and is the first openly gay person to launch a bid for the presidency. The military veteran is running on a millennial platform, focusing on key issues like climate change and economic stability. He is a strong supporter of labor and union groups.

Julian Castro - The 44-year-old lawmaker is the first Texas Democrat to announce a bid for president in more than four decades. The former San Antonio mayor served in the Obama administration as the secretary of housing and urban development and was in the running to be Hillary Clinton's vice president in 2016. Key issues for Castro include immigration reform, Medicare for All and universal pre-kindergarten.

John Delaney - Delaney is a former House representative known for his ability to reach across the aisle. He was also the first Democrat to challenge Trump when he announced his candidacy in 2017. He supports ending gerrymandering, universal health care, artificial intelligence and a carbon tax.

Tulsi Gabbard - The 37-year-old congresswoman from Hawaii made headlines when she resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 to support Bernie Sanders. The Iraq War veteran's key issues include the Green New Deal, tuition-free college and a reduced military presence in the Middle East. But she's received criticism over her stance on LGBTQ rights.

Kirsten Gillibrand - The New York senator and close friend of the Clintons announced her exploratory committee in January during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She officially launched her campaign in mid-March. A champion of the #MeToo movement, Gillibrand has made a career in the Senate by cracking down on sexual assault in the military. But she has found herself under scrutiny over her office's handling of a staff sexual misconduct report.

Kamala Harris - While Harris only joined the Senate in 2016, she's drawn nationwide attention for her harsh criticism of the Trump administration - especially when it comes to Trump's cabinet nominees and court appointments. The California senator has championed civil rights legislation and recently unveiled a tax plan aimed at benefiting the middle class.

John Hickenlooper - The Colorado governor announced his presidential bid in early March and is positioning himself as a moderate in a large field of progressive candidates. Before becoming a politician, Hickenlooper was a geologist who became rich when he opened a brewery in Denver. His key issues include gun control, the Green New Deal and marijuana legalization.

Jay Inslee - Inslee, the governor of Washington, is running for president on a climate change platform, arguing that defeating climate change should be "our nation's No. 1 priority." He has called for Democrats to support green-energy economic programs.

Amy Klobuchar - The 58-year-old senator from Minnesota stoked national attention last year during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In her 12 years serving in public office, she's focused on legislation to combat the nation's opioid crisis and lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Klobuchar has also drawn attention for successfully pushing for mandated sexual harassment training in the Senate.

Wayne Messam - The 44-year-old African American mayor of Miramar, Florida threw his hat into the ring at the end of March. In his campaign video, Messam rails against "broken" government in Washington D.C. The son of Jamaican immigrants, Messam said in his video that he is "passionate about the American Dream because it's not a fictitious thing for me it's real for me." In addition to being mayor, the Democrat owns a construction business with his wife. Messam graduated Florida State University, where he played on the national championship winning football team in 1993.

Seth Moulton - The 40-year-old Marine Corps veteran announced that he was entering the crowded 2020 race on Monday, April 22. In a campaign video, the Massachusetts representative laid out policy positions that include battling climate change, expanding the economy and fortifying cybersecurity to protect elections. If elected, Moulton would be the youngest president in history.

Beto O'Rourke - After months of speculation, O'Rourke announced his candidacy on March 14. The 46-year-old Texas Democrat rose to stardom during his failed Senate bid during the 2018 midterm elections, which he lost by less than three percentage points to Republican Ted Cruz. Despite O'Rourke's relative lack of experience (he previously served just three terms in Congress as a representative from El Paso) he has drawn comparisons to Barack Obama and his 2008 presidential run. O'Rourke has placed immigration, education and climate change at the center of his platform.

Bernie Sanders - The independent senator from Vermont is taking another shot at the Democratic nomination after losing to Hillary Clinton in 2016. After Sanders announced bid in mid-February, his campaign raised nearly $6 million in just one day in small-dollar donations from across the country. But the self-described democratic socialist has found himself in hot water over reports of sexual misconduct within his 2016 campaign staff.

Elizabeth Warren - The 69-year-old senator from Massachusetts began her presidential bid at the end of December. As a former Harvard bankruptcy law professor, Warren has used her time in office to advocate for greater regulations on Wall Street and big businesses. But in recent months, she has drawn criticism for taking a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage, a stunt the indigenous community said undermined tribal interests.

Marianne Williamson - Williamson is one of the lesser-known candidates in the crowded Democratic field, having run for Congress back in 2014 and lost. Williamson is an author who has published more than a dozen self-help books, four of which have been on the New York Times bestseller list. The 66-year-old supports universal pre-school and free college, DACA and reparations for slavery.

Andrew Yang - The 44-year-old technology executive who founded Venture for America announced his candidacy way back in November 2017. He is running on a platform of "human-centered capitalism" and one of his boldest proposals is a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for all Americans.


Stacey Abrams - The Georgia lawmaker is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party after her failed bid for governor sparked a national debate about voter suppression. Abrams was tapped to give the Democratic rebuttal to Trump's State of the Union address, which earned praise from party leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.