WHIP LIST: Who's in and out in the 2020 race

The 2020 presidential race is shaping up on the Democratic side to be one of the largest in history.

With no clear front-runner, dozens of candidates have expressed interest in campaigning for the chance to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE in the general election.


It’s also possible Trump could get a primary challenger from a Republican, though he would be a prohibitive favorite.

Here's a look at all the candidates who are in, out and on the fence for 2020.

Have an update to this list? Please contact Michael Burke (mburke@thehill.com) or Tal Axelrod (taxelrod@thehill.com).

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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPoll: Biden leads among millennial voters Booker: Racists think Trump's racist Booker vows to reverse 'ridiculous' transgender military ban if elected president MORE (N.J.)

Booker announced on Feb. 1 that he is in the race. "I'm Cory Booker and I'm running for president of the United States of America," the 49-year-old Democrat said in a video. 


Julián Castro

The Obama-era Housing and Urban Development chief and former San Antonio mayor announced Jan. 12 that he would launch a 2020 bid. "There is a crisis today, it's a crisis of leadership. Donald Trump has failed to uphold the values of our great nation," Castro said.


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The independently wealthy 55-year-old former congressman first announced his candidacy in July 2017. He’s already visited each of Iowa’s 99 counties.


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"I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones on Jan. 11. It was first reported in October that Gabbard, 37 and Congress’s first Hindu member, was considering a presidential bid.


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

The Democratic senator took aim at President Trump and highlighted a number of progressive causes in a campaign launch video that asks "Will brave win?"


Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden weighing an early announcement of running mate: report Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters O'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left MORE (Calif.)

"I am running for president of the United States," she said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Jan. 21. "I'm very excited about it."


Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

“I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver,” he said in a video announcing his campaign on March 4.


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee 
Inslee announced his presidential bid on March 1, saying his central platform will be combating climate change. He is the first serious presidential candidate from Washington State in more than 40 years.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Biden leads among millennial voters Sanders fundraises off O'Rourke's announcement that he pulled in .1M The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over New Zealand coverage MORE (Minn.)

The Minnesota senator announced her decision to run for president from a snowy Boom Island, in Minneapolis, touting her working-class Midwest roots as the antidote to the current administration. She also represents an emerging swing state that Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all O'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left Dem strategist says South Carolina will be first 'real test' for O'Rourke MORE narrowly won in 2016.


Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)

“This is a defining moment of truth for this country and every single one of us,” he said in a March 14 video announcing his candidacy.


Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWarren calls for abolishing Electoral College Biden weighing an early announcement of running mate: report Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters MORE (I-Vt.)

The Vermont independent, who caucuses with Democrats, formally announced his presidential bid on Feb. 19, portraying his campaign as a continuation of the "political revolution" that began with his previous White House bid. Sanders emerged as a progressive leader after running an unexpectedly tight primary race against Hillary Clinton in 2016.


Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren calls for abolishing Electoral College Warren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters MORE (Mass.)

Warren took aim at the Trump administration and portrayed herself as a fighter for "structural change" in formally declaring her bid Feb. 9. The second-term senator crisscrossed the country after announcing on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee. Warren is set to build her campaign on economic policies favored by the progressive wing of the party, including supporting a Green New Deal and proposing an “ultra-millionaire tax.”


Andrew Yang

The entrepreneur announced his candidacy in November 2017 on a platform of universal basic income. His plan would give every American over the age of 18 an income of $1,000 per month and would be paid for by a tax on companies benefiting the most from automation. He has never held public office.


Marianne Williamson

The self-help author and motivational speaker formally announced her candidacy on Jan. 28, calling on voters to have a "meaningful conversation about America," while describing the current national discourse as "shallow." Williamson wrote the 1992 best-seller "A Return To Love," which teaches readers to "become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives."




South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

The South Bend, Ind., mayor announced on Jan. 23 he was forming an exploratory committee to look at a presidential run. "We can’t look for greatness in the past. Right now our country needs a fresh start," he said in his announcement video. If elected, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay president.


Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam

The Miramar, Fla., mayor announced on March 13 that he was launching an exploratory committee for a presidential bid. Messam name-checked several Democratic priorities in his announcement, including climate change and gun control.  




Stacey Abrams

Abrams on March 11 said that 2028 is the earliest she would be ready to run for as president under her current career plan, during comments made at the South by Southwest festival, but her office stressed after the event that she had still not ruled out a 2020 bid.


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Bennet first raised eyebrows when The Associated Press reported in November that he was in contact with Democrats in Iowa, the state that holds the first presidential caucuses.


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The former vice president, 76, said he would make a decision about a third White House bid by the end of the year, but allies now say he may take more time.


Former California Gov. Jerry Brown

A 2020 bid would be Brown’s fourth White House candidacy. At 80 years old, he is the oldest prospective candidate in the field, but has not ruled out a presidential campaign.


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

Bullock is the head of the National Governors Association and one of only three Democratic governors reelected in 2016 in states Trump won. He has not ruled out running for president.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

The New York City mayor has been mum on whether he’ll throw his hat in the ring, saying earlier this year that his “only plan” was to serve in his role as mayor. But he hasn’t ruled out running and previously said the primary race wouldn’t start until after the midterms.


Andrew Gillum

Gillum hasn’t said whether he’s considering running for the presidency, but buzz has surrounded the former Tallahassee mayor since his campaign for Florida governor this year. Gillum met with former President Obama in December.


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The former senator, former secretary of State and 2004 presidential nominee has refused multiple times to rule out another run for president. He told CBS News in August that he will continue to be an activist and he’s “going to continue to fight.”


Mitch Landrieu

The former New Orleans mayor has maintained that he doesn’t know if he’ll run for president, but a speech he gave last year about removing Confederate monuments generated 2020 buzz.


Terry McAuliffe 

McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia with strong ties to the Clintons, is “seriously” considering the 2020 presidential race, confidants told The Hill. A new super PAC, called Tenaciously Moving for American Change in 2020, named after McAuliffe's "TMac" nickname, was created in October to urge him to run.


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Ryan, another possible candidate from the key swing state of Ohio, has not said publicly whether he will run. But he has made multiple visits to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and The Intercept reported in July that Ryan had been telling political consultants that he was intending to run.


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The four-term congressman said this month he sees a path to the nomination for himself and announced he would be visiting Iowa and New Hampshire.




Michael Avenatti

The attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels burst onto the national scene amid Daniels’s legal battles with Trump, and Avenatti said for months that he was thinking about running. But he announced in December that he had decided not to make a presidential bid at the request of his family.


Michael Bloomberg

The former New York City mayor announced on March 5 that he would not run for president and would instead launch a new campaign to "move America as quickly as possible" to rely solely on clean energy sources. Bloomberg had previously considered an independent presidential bid in 2016 before mulling a potential Democratic bid in 2020. He visited Iowa in December and was a highly visible donor to Democrats during the midterms.


Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

The Ohio Democrat announced on March 7 that he would remain in the Senate after embarking on an exploratory four-state tour of crucial early primary states. He said he would continue to promote his "Dignity of Work" platform, saying, "It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern."


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Casey said in January that he would not run for president. "I have concluded that the best way for me to fight for the America that so many of us believe in is to stay in the U.S. Senate and not run for the presidency in 2020,” he said in a statement. Casey had been floated as a possible contender after he won reelection by double-digits in 2018 in a state Trump won two years earlier.


Hillary Clinton

"I'm not running," the 2016 Democratic nominee told a New York TV station on March 4. But she added that she would continue "working and speaking and standing up for what I believe."


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

After being floated for months as a possible candidate, the New York governor officially shot down all speculation in November. Saying that he has a “full plate” as governor, Cuomo said he was ruling out running for president.


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

A source close to the Los Angeles mayor, who visited Iowa earlier this year and said he was contemplating a 2020 run, confirmed that he was not going to enter the Democratic primary field.


Former Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)

Gutiérrez revealed earlier this year that he had decided not to run for president, saying that the “best use of my time and my energy” would be to focus on mobilizing Latino voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio.


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The former attorney general said in a Washington Post op-ed on March 4 that he had decided against running for president. "Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates," Holder wrote, referring to the organization he chairs that fights against gerrymandering. 


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Clinton’s running mate in 2016 has been rumored as a potential candidate in 2020, but he has said he won’t run. When asked last year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch if he would run for the White House, the Virginia senator responded, “Nope. Nope.”


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Kennedy has suggested that he won’t run for president in multiple interviews. He told Nantucket Magazine in June running is “not on my horizon” and responded “Six ways from Tuesday, no,” when asked in November about a presidential bid.


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"I believe that there are Democrats now in the presidential race who are speaking to the importance of tackling the big challenges we face," he said in a March 5 video announcing his decision.


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Murphy shot down speculation that he may run for president in 2020, writing in a tweet that he will not do so in no uncertain terms. "I’ve been pretty transparent about this, but let me be 100% clear: I’m not running in 2020. I love the job I have now," he said.


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The former first lady and best-selling author has said several times that she won’t follow in her husband’s footsteps by running for president. In October, she told NBC’s “Today” that she “absolutely” won’t run. The former first lady then said at an event in December that her path “has never been politics” as she again shot down speculation that she’ll run.


State Sen. Richard Ojeda (W.Va.)

The West Virginia state senator ended his long shot White House bid on Jan. 25, saying: “I don’t want to see people send money to a campaign that’s probably not going to get off the ground.” He had announced his candidacy in November, after losing his bid to represent the state's 3rd District to Republican Rep. Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerGOP rep 'disappointed' by the number of Republican women in Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi's challenge: Getting Dems back on same page The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat MORE.


Martin O'Malley

The former governor of Maryland, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2016, declared in January he would not run again and urged O’Rourke to make a bid for the White House. “America is looking for a candidacy newer than I can offer,” O’Malley wrote in the Des Moines Register. He previously fueled speculation he was considering another presidential campaign by making several trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.


Deval Patrick

The former Massachusetts governor announced in early December that he won’t run for president, citing the “cruelty of our elections process.” Patrick had been floated as a possible candidate with support from Obama’s inner circle.


Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo 

Raimondo, the new head of the Democratic Governors Association, said in December that taking over that role means she won’t run for president in 2020.


Tom Steyer

The billionaire philanthropist released what appeared to be a campaign platform in November: a list of “5 Rights” that he said Democrats should get behind. But he ruled out a 2020 presidential bid while traveling to Iowa on Jan. 9, tweeting that he would instead dedicate "100 percent of my time and effort" to trying to impeach Trump.


Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey first sparked buzz about a 2020 bid when she gave a stirring speech at the Golden Globes last January, declaring that “a new day is on the horizon.” But she has since repeatedly said she won’t run for president. The billionaire told Jimmy Kimmel in February that she was “definitely not running” and said in July that “the nastiness” of politics “would kill me.”


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The former acting attorney general said earlier this year that she has no desire to run for public office. It’s something she has not “ever felt drawn to,” Yates said.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom 

Newsom has asserted that he won’t run for president, saying earlier this year that he has “no aspiration” to do so and that he planned to focus full time on his role as California’s next governor. On Feb. 15, he endorsed Kamala Harris's bid for president and said he will be one of the campaign's California co-chairmen.









President Trump

The president has made clear since his inauguration that he’ll seek another term in 2020. He filed campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on the day he was inaugurated and has already raised tens of millions of dollars for his 2020 campaign.




Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld

Weld announced in February he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 White House bid, becoming the first Republican to do so. Weld won the Libertarian nomination for vice president in 2016.




Former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump keeps tight grip on GOP Brexit and exit: A transatlantic comparison Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (Tenn.)

Asked about a presidential run, the former senator from Tennessee told reporters last year that he had not "ruled it out.” He also told MSNBC in December that the GOP has to “remember what the Republican party is” when asked if Trump should face a primary challenger.


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan  

Hogan has indicated that he is open to a primary challenge against Trump and is being courted by some Republican strategists, The New York Times reported.


Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich 

The Ohio governor and fierce Trump critic appears to be the most likely Republican to launch a 2020 bid, saying in November that he is “very seriously” considering running and that he has conversations about doing so “virtually every day.” Kasich, who sought the Republican nomination in 2016, has also said that “all options are on the table” in 2020, including running on a bipartisan ticket.




Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseRepublicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump 12 Republican senators defy Trump on emergency declaration  Trump faces growing Senate GOP backlash on emergency declaration MORE (Neb.)

The Nebraska senator has dismissed speculation that he could run for president in 2020. Sasse said in September that his odds of running were low, adding that it was more likely he runs for “the noxious weed control board of Dodge County, Neb.”


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The former United Nations ambassador has been a rising star of the Republican Party since she was the governor of South Carolina, and multiple op-eds have speculated that she would pose a tough primary challenge to Trump in 2020. However, she said in October when she announced her resignation from the administration that she is not running and is planning to campaign for Trump.


Former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump keeps tight grip on GOP McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration Flake: Biden 'strikes fear in a lot of Republicans' MORE (Ariz.)

Flake announced on Jan. 29 that he would not run in a primary against President Trump for the Republican nomination. "I have always said that I do hope that there is a Republican who challenges the president in the primary. I still hope that somebody does, but that somebody won't be me. I will not be a candidate," Flake said.







Howard Schultz

The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks told CBS's "60 Minutes" that he is seriously considering an independent presidential bid. He said Trump is "not qualified" to be president and that both major parties "are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people."



Mark Cuban

Cuban told The New York Times in June that he has given thought to a presidential bid in 2020, but he declined to discuss it further. The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, hasn’t previously held public office. He also said last year that if he were to run, it would likely be as an independent.




Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The actor was among the celebrities rumored as a possible 2020 candidate, but he told Vanity Fair in July that despite having “seriously considered” running, it wouldn’t be possible given his schedule.