With many candidates already criss-crossing the country and new ones coming into the race, the 2020 presidential election is well underway — and the Democratic field of candidates is getting crowded.
There are more women in the race than ever before, which is both exciting to watch and inevitably means there will be sexist coverage of the presidential hopefuls.
All eager to beat a historically unpopular president — who raised $129 million for his reelection campaign as of the end of 2018 — ahead are the current Democratic contenders.
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Sen. Michael Bennet
The Colorado senator announced his run on May 2, 2019. Bennet is known as a pragmatist who "reaches across the aisle" — and for the "occasional impassioned outburst on the Senate floor," according to Vox.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden entered the race on April 25, 2019, after a long period of speculation that he will be running. Biden, who was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and served as President Barack Obama's second-in-command for eight years, has ran for president twice before. His long record of public service has been extensively scrutinized, and now that he has officially launched his campaign, more questions are likely to come.
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Gov. Steve Bullock
The governor of Montana entered the race on May 14, 2019, touting his ability to work across party lines.
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Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio is the mayor of New York City. A recent poll found that 76% of New Yorkers don't think he should run for president.
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Hawaii Rep. Gabbard is a Bernie backer who has received scrutiny for being friendly with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and anti-LGBTQ+ comments (which she has since walked back). She has made foreign policy a big part of her campaign, standing up against "regime-change wars."
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York Sen. Gillibrand officially announced her candidacy on March 17. While she used to be a centrist politician, in recent years she has been a strong proponent of Medicare for All and universal paid family leave. In the Senate, she has made fighting sexual harassment a priority, and together with Sen. Harris, she introduced a bill attempting to combat the U.S.' shockingly high maternal mortality rate.
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A former Alaska senator, Mike Gravel tossed his hat in the ring on March 20. Gravel previously ran for president in 2008 and has not been a senator since 1981. He was encouraged to run by a New York teenager.
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Sen. Kamala Harris
The former California attorney general has been criticized for her record as a prosecutor, but has embraced progressive programs such as Medicare for All and evolved her views on legalizing marijuana. She's a great example of the unprecedented diversity on the Democratic roster, with more women and people of color running than ever before.
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Gov. Jay Inslee
The Washington governor announced his presidential bid on March 1. He plans to make the fight against climate change a central part of his campaign platform.
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O'Rourke, a three-term U.S. Representative from Texas, rose to stardom when he came closer than anyone expected to defeating Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm election. He has promised to challenge President Trump on immigration and border security.
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The former Pennsylvania congressman and retired three-star admiral announced his presidential bid on June 23, 2019. In his announcement video, Sestak said he is joining the race later than other presidential hopefuls because his daughter Alex was undergoing treatment for brain cancer.
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Rep. Eric Swalwell
At 38, Swalwell, a U.S. Representative from California, is one of the youngest people to enter the race. He has founded Future Forum, a group of Democratic House members focusing on millennial concerns.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren
One of the most recognized faces in the field, the Massachusetts senator is looking to challenge Trump on trade and has proposed an "ultra-millionaire tax." She has made universal child care one of her campaign's priorities.
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Williamson is a world-famous spiritual leader and author — and Oprah's spiritual adviser.