29 dropped out
The 2020 presidential election season is now upon us, and we’re keeping track of where all the active candidates stand: Who’s running, who isn’t running, and who has dropped out. We’ll be updating this list as candidates declare their intentions or drop out, so keep checking in.
Joe Biden, 77
Former Vice President
Biden’s US Senate career stretches back to 1973. He ran for president in 1988 and again in 2008 before joining Barack Obama’s ticket.
Donald Trump, 73
President of the United States
Trump is the 45th president of the United States. He spent decades as a brash real estate developer before branching into reality TV in 2004. He ran for president as a newcomer to politics in 2016.
Michael Bennet, 55
US Senator from Colorado
Bennet is the former superintendent of the Denver schools and has been in the Senate since 2009.
Michael Bloomberg, 78
Former New York City Mayor
Bloomberg, a Medford native, created a media company and was elected New York City mayor – once as a Republican and again as an independent. He is now a registered Democrat.
Cory Booker, 50
US Senator from New Jersey
He has served in the US Senate since 2013, and his rise to become mayor of Newark was depicted in a movie.
Steve Bullock, 53
Governor of Montana
Bullock served as Montana’s attorney general before being elected governor twice.
Pete Buttigieg, 38
Former South Bend (Ind.) Mayor
Buttigieg is an Afghanistan war veteran, Rhodes scholar, and Harvard graduate. He’s the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate.
Julián Castro, 45
Former HUD Secretary
Castro served as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development under President Obama following about five years as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. His twin brother, Joaquin, is also a politician.
Bill de Blasio, 58
New York City Mayor
de Blasio, who grew up in Cambridge, has been reelected twice as New York City mayor.
John Delaney, 56
Former US Representative from Maryland
The former congressman announced his candidacy in July 2017.
Tulsi Gabbard, 38
US Representative from Hawaii
Gabbard is an Iraq war veteran and was the youngest woman elected to a state legislature when she won a House seat in Hawaii in 2002. She represents the state’s Second Congressional District.
Kirsten Gillibrand, 53
US Senator from New York
Gillibrand represented New York’s 20th Congressional District before being appointed to HIllary Clinton’s Senate seat in 2009. She won a special election for the seat and then was re-elected in 2012 and 2018.
Kamala Harris, 55
US Senator from California
Harris was elected to the Senate in 2017. She began her elected career as district attorney in San Francisco and was later attorney general for the state of California.
John Hickenlooper, 68
Former Governor of Colorado
A former brewer, Hicklenlooper was the Denver mayor before serving two terms as governor.
Jay Inslee, 69
Governor of Washington State
Inslee is a former congressman and two-time elected governor.
Amy Klobuchar, 59
US Senator from Minnesota
Klobuchar was the elected prosecutor in Minnesota’s largest county before winning her Senate seat in 2006.
Seth Moulton, 41
US Representative from Massachusetts
Moulton is an Iraq war veteran who has represented Massachusetts’ Sixth Congressional District since 2015. He unsuccessfully worked to oust Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats last fall.
Beto O’Rourke, 47
Former US Representative from Texas
Before losing his bid to unseat US Senator Ted Cruz, O’Rourke represented Texas’ 16th Congressional District and served on the El Paso City Council.
Richard Ojeda, 49
Former West Virginia State Senator
A former Trump supporter and combat veteran, Ojeda led a teachers’ strike and was elected to the West Virginia Senate.
Deval Patrick, 63
Former governor of Massachusetts
Patrick is a former Massachusetts governor who was a political newcomer when he mounted a 2005 bid for the corner office. He is a Harvard Law grad who worked in the Clinton administration and as a corporate attorney before entering politics.
Tim Ryan, 46
US Representative from Ohio
Ryan, a former state lawmaker in Ohio, has been representing the state in the US House since 2003.
Bernie Sanders, 78
US Senator from Vermont
Sanders has represented Vermont in the US Senate since 2007 and in the US House for the 16 years prior. He ran for president in 2016 and lost a contentious primary campaign to Hillary Clinton.
Joe Sestak, 68
Former congressman from Pennsylvania
Sestak is a former three-star admiral and served two terms in the US House of Representatives.
Tom Steyer, 62
The Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist has created the “Need to Impeach” movement against Trump.
Eric Swalwell, 39
US Representative from California
Swalwell ousted a longtime incumbent and fellow Democrat to win his congressional seat in California in 2012.
Elizabeth Warren, 70
US Senator from Massachusetts
An Oklahoma native, Warren was a Harvard law professor who specialized in bankruptcy and commercial law. In 2010, she was tasked with setting up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama. She won a US Senate seat in 2012.
Marianne Williamson, 67
Author and speaker
Williamson is an author, speaker, and activist who has written over a dozen books. She founded a nonprofit dedicated to supporting people living with AIDS in the 1980s.
Andrew Yang, 45
An entrepreneur, Yang is running on the idea of the federal government providing a univerisal basic income for everyone.
Mark Sanford, 59
Former congressman and South Carolina governor
Sanford is a former South Carolina governor who was censured by the state legislature after disclosure of an extramarital affair.
Joe Walsh, 58
Former congressman and talk radio host
Walsh was elected to Congress amid the Tea Party wave of 2010 and later hosted a syndicated talk radio show.
Bill Weld, 74
Former governor of Massachusetts
Weld served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 until resigning in the summer of 1997 to lobby for Senate confirmation to be Ambassador to Mexico. He ran for vice president as a libertarian in 2016.
2018 Democratic nominee for Georgia governor
Stormy Daniels lawyer
US Senator from Ohio
US Senator from Pennsylvania
2016 Democratic presidential nominee
Governor of New York
Los Angeles Mayor
Former senator from Alaska
Former US Attorney General
Former US Secretary of State
Former New Orleans Mayor
Former Governor of Virginia
US Senator from Oregon
US Senator from Connecticut
US Representative from California
Former US Senator, Tennessee
Former US Senator, Arizona
Former UN ambassador
Governor of Maryland
Former governor of Ohio
US Senator from Utah and former governor of Massachusetts
US Senator from Nebraska
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