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.

There are now 20 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, while three Republicans are challenging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE.

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President Trump is also getting primary challenges from Republicans, 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 Tal Axelrod (taxelrod@thehill.com).

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DEMOCRATS

IN

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWarren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Burden in tonight's debate is on Democratic realists MORE (Colo.)

"My plan is to run for president," he said on "CBS This Morning" on May 2, adding that he would focus on restoring opportunities for Americans and integrity in government.

 

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"We have to remember who we are. This is America," the former vice president said in an April 25 video announcing his campaign.

 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWorking Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Progressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum 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

 

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Left off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa MORE

In a video posted online, Bullock painted himself as the most electable candidate in the field, and the only one who had won statewide office at the same time Republican presidential nominees carried his state, a feat he accomplished three times.

 

South Bend Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Abrams helps launch initiative to train women activists, organizers This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election MORE

The South Bend, Ind., mayor officially launched his presidential campaign on April 14 after forming an exploratory committee months earlier. "They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for president of the United States," Buttigieg said at a rally in South Bend.

 

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.

 

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioWorking Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE

“Donald Trump must be stopped,” the New York mayor said in a video announcing the launch of his campaign. “I’ve beaten him before and I’ll do it again.”

 

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyTrump campaign mocks Democratic debate: 'Another informercial for President Trump' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Sanders slips in NH, Biden and Warren in statistical dead heat MORE (Md.)

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.

 

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard warns Trump: Acting like 'Saudi Arabia's b---- is not "America First"' This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election Democrats debate in Houston: Who came out on top? MORE (Hawaii)

"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. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum 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."

 

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Abrams helps launch initiative to train women activists, organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE (Minn.)

The Minnesota senator announced her decision to run for president from a snowy Boom Island, in Minneapolis, in February 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 ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE narrowly won in 2016.

 

Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate 10 Democrats set to debate after other half falls short MORE

"America belongs to all of us. The promise of America belongs to all of us. That’s why I’m going to be running for president. To be your champion," the Miramar, Fla., mayor said in a March video announcing his candidacy.     

 

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.

 

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Progressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (Ohio)

Ryan, an outspoken moderate from the Midwest, announced in April that he will make a White House bid. The Ohio Democrat rose to national prominence after he unsuccessfully challenged Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico This week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill MORE for the Speakership in 2016 in a contest that highlighted divisions within the Democratic Party. He's already made multiple visits to the crucial early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 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 former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.

 

Former Rep. Joe Sestak (Pa.) 

"I want to be that President who serves the American people the way they deserve to be served," he said in a statement dated June 22 on his campaign website

 

Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum 2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached CNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October MORE

The billionaire philanthropist and liberal activist announced his candidacy on July 9, a reversal from a few months earlier when he said he would not mount a White House campaign. Steyer, who has become one of the most outspoken advocates for impeaching Trump, said he is running to rid Washington of corporate money that "has corrupted our democracy and stripped Americans of our ability to determine our own future."

 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying 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.”

 

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Williamson urges followers to contact Senate, House over possible Bolton replacement Marianne Williamson clarifies hot mic moment MORE

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."

 

Andrew YangAndrew YangFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election Yang campaign says it received 450K entries for 'Freedom Dividend' contest MORE

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.

 

DROPPED OUT

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

Gillibrand said on Aug. 28 that she is dropping out of the race. She told The New York Times that she plans to endorse another candidate in the primary but has yet to pick which one. She stopped short of saying she would pick another woman in the race.

 

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (Alaska)

Gravel said on July 31 his campaign is "nearing its conclusion" and is looking to donate left-over funds. He later said he would form a left-leaning think tank that aims to help create a strong network of activists.

 

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast MORE

Hickenlooper dropped out of the 2020 race on August 15, while noting in a statement that he was giving "serious thought" to launching a Senate bid to challenge Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott Gardner The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's hurricane forecast controversy won't go away MORE (R) in Colorado. 

 

 
Inslee announced on Aug. 21 that he would drop out out of the race after stagnating in the bottom of primary polling, recognizing, "It's become clear I'm not going to be carrying the ball, I'm not going to be president." The Washington Democrat made climate change the cornerstone of his failed White House bid, but said he believes "we are going to have a candidate to fight this battle."
 

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Wall Street ends volatile month in major test for Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Hurricane headed for Florida changes Trump's travel plans MORE (Mass.)

Moulton announced on Aug. 23 that he would drop out of the Democratic presidential contest, becoming the third candidate in little more than a week to exit the race. The congressman announced his bid in April, but never gained traction and failed twice to make the Democratic debate stage. A Marine Corps veteran, Moulton made headlines as one of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) top detractors in her bid to become Congress’s next Speaker. 

 

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 women's super PAC blasts 'out of touch' candidate in NC runoff GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill MORE.

 

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate MORE (Calif.)

The California Democrat dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in July, three months after announcing his presidential bid. He will run instead for reelection for a fifth term in the House. 

 

MAYBE 

   

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.

       

John KerryJohn Forbes KerryLet's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy The Memo: Democrats struggle to find the strongest swing-state candidate 2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster MORE

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.

 

NO  

 

Stacey Abrams

 

The 2018 Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nominee announced Aug. 13 that she would not run for president in 2020, instead choosing to focus her efforts on combating voter suppression. Abrams emerged as a kind of political rock star in 2018 after she came within 2 points of defeating Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race. Her efforts to expand Fair Fight Action, the voting rights group she founded, include training staffers this year in 20 states to work against voter suppression.

 

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.

 

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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. However, Axios reported in April that Bloomberg may reconsider a bid, particularly if former Vice President Joe Biden didn't throw his hat in the ring. 

 

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Google to promote original reporting | Senators demand answers from Amazon on worker treatment | Lawmakers weigh response to ransomware attacks Senate Democrats want answers on 'dangerous' Amazon delivery system Hillicon Valley: Uber vows to defy California labor bill | Facebook, Google, Twitter to testify on mass shootings | Facebook's Libra to pursue Swiss payments license MORE (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."

 

Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyEx-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Democrats press Trump Treasury picks on donor disclosure guidelines MORE Jr. (Pa.)

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.

 

Andrew Gillum

Gillum confirmed in March that he will not run for president in 2020. The former Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate launched a voter registration campaign to recruit more potential Democratic voters to try to turn the key battleground state in Democrats' favor in 2020.

 

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.

 

Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder says Trump is subject to prosecution after leaving office Eric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Trump lawyers ask judge to toss out Dems' tax return lawsuit MORE

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. 

 

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineBolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Air Force nominee: Setting up Space Force would be 'key imperative' MORE (Va.)

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.”

 

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey in Senate race amid speculation over Kennedy candidacy The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown MORE III (Mass.)

Kennedy has suggested that he won’t run for president in multiple interviews. He told Nantucket Magazine in June 2018 running is “not on my horizon” and responded “Six ways from Tuesday, no,” when asked in November about a presidential bid.

 

Terry McAuliffe 

McAuliffe, the former Virginia governor with strong ties to the Clintons, said in April that he will forego a presidential bid to help Democrats retake control of the state House and Senate. “I invested a lot in that state and I love that state. We’ve got to win the House and the Senate in that state,” McAuliffe said on CNN. “I’m gonna coordinate these campaigns for the House and the Senate.”

 

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare Overnight Energy: Democrats call for Ross to resign over report he threatened NOAA officials | Commerce denies report | Documents detail plan to decentralize BLM | Lawmakers demand answers on bee-killing pesticide Oregon Democrats push EPA to justify use of pesticide 'highly toxic' to bees MORE (Ore.)

"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.

 

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyThis week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Senators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms Bolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran MORE (Conn.)

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.

 

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomAnti-vaccine activists pour red liquid onto CA Senate floor: report California lawmakers pass bill banning private prisons, some ICE detention centers California lawmakers pass bill banning the use of wild and exotic animals at circuses MORE 

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.

  

Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump: House Judiciary should investigate Obama Netflix deal instead of his business 2020 is not a family affair, for a change Former speechwriter says Michelle Obama came up with 'when they go low we go high' line MORE

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.

  

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.

  

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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 KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelThe Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina special election poses test for GOP ahead of 2020 The Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian Colbert questions Biden over gaffes: 'Are you going nuts?' MORE in February that she was “definitely not running” and said in July that “the nastiness” of politics “would kill me.”

 

Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesMerriam-Webster: A 200-year-old dictionary offers hot political takes on Twitter Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Trump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation MORE

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.

 

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REPUBLICANS

YES

Former Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.)

Sanford, also a former governor in South Carolina, said on Sept. 8 he would challenge Trump, noting that "as a Republican Party, we have lost our way." Sanford returned to the House after being governor but in 2018 lost the GOP primary to a Republican backed by Trump.  

 

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 Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)
 
Walsh, who is now a conservative radio host, on Aug. 25 announced he would mount a primary challenge to Trump, calling the president "completely unfit to be president," while also saying "he lies every time he opens his mouth." 
 

Former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldJoe Walsh: GOP is a 'cult' and Trump a 'would-be dictator' Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE

Weld in April formally launched his 2020 White House bid, becoming the first Republican to mount a challenge against Trump. "It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight," Weld said in a statement. 

 

MAYBE

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' Romney: Bolton firing 'a huge loss' for nation Amash says Sanford presidential bid won't impact decision on whether he runs in 2020 MORE (Mich.)

Amash has repeatedly declined to rule out running for president, though it would be unclear under which party he could launch a bid after he decided to leave the Republican Party. The five-term lawmaker was the only Republican member of Congress to support impeachment proceedings against Trump.

 

Former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' 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.

  

NO

Former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  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.

 

Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months MORE

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.

 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan  

Hogan announced on June 1 he would not challenge Trump in the primary, opting to focus his time on fulfilling a second term as Maryland governor.

“I truly appreciate all of the encouragement I received from people around the nation urging me to consider making a run for President in 2020. However, I will not be a candidate,” Hogan said in a statement. 

 

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich 

The fierce Trump critic said on May 31 he sees "no path" to beat Trump in a primary, and saying he does not enter political races he cannot win.

"There is no path right now for me. I don't see a way to get there," Kasich said in a CNN interview, citing Trump's strong backing among GOP voters.

"Maybe somebody wants to run and make a statement and that's fine, but I've never gotten involved in a political race where I didn't think I could win," he added. 

  

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseManufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank The Hill's Morning Report - Trump ousts Bolton; GOP exhales after win in NC Trump endorses Sasse in 2020 race 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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INDEPENDENTS

  

MAYBE

Mark CubanMark CubanSerena Williams, Mark Cuban invest in company working to end black maternal mortality O'Rourke to headline OZY Fest in New York WHIP LIST: Who's in and out in the 2020 race MORE

Cuban told The New York Times in June 2018 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.

 

 

NO

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The actor was among the celebrities rumored as a possible 2020 candidate, but he told Vanity Fair in July  2018 that despite having “seriously considered” running, it wouldn’t be possible given his schedule.

 

Howard Schultz

The former Starbucks CEO said in a letter sent to supporters on Sept. 6 that he is no longer considering a 2020 presidential bid, noting that “an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country at this time” and expressing concerns that a third-party run could reelect Trump.

 Updated Sept. 9, 2019