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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE in the general election.

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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 BennetThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Inslee raises over million in second quarter 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 BookerHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 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 BullockFundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Inslee raises over million in second quarter Moulton: Trump voters 'know that he's an a--hole' 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.

 

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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 Blasio2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist #RacistPresident trends amid criticism over Trump tweets Buttigieg: 'Medicare for all,' free college tuition are 'questionable on their merits' 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 DelaneyBiden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur: Here's how to choose a president 2020 Democrats push tax hike on wealthy investors 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 GabbardSanders praises Gen Z for being 'profoundly anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic' Next Generation foreign policy: Time for the Democrats to embrace restraint 3 reasons billionaire activist Tom Steyer is running for president 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. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing MORE (N.Y.)

The Democratic senator took aim at President Trump and highlighted a number of progressive causes in a campaign launch video on March 17 that asks "Will brave win?"

 

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (Alaska)

Gravel announced in April that he is campaigning solely to appear on the presidential debate stage and does not anticipate winning the nomination. The former Libertarian presidential candidate is planning on dropping out after the debates and endorsing the most progressive candidate left in the race. All the money raised from his campaign will go toward basic campaign expenses, and any leftover funds will be donated to combat the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

 

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"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 HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperFundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan MORE

“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.

 

 
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 KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Critics slam billion Facebook fine as weak 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 ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE narrowly won in 2016.

 

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"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.   

 

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur Moulton2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan 2020 Democrats push tax hike on wealthy investors MORE (Mass.)

Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran, made headlines as one of Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE’s (D-Calif.) top detractors in her bid to become Congress’s next Speaker. He said in an April video announcing his candidacy that he is running because "we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country."    

 

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 Ryan2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist 3 reasons billionaire activist Tom Steyer is running for president ProPublica to fund reporter to cover Youngstown, Ohio, after newspaper folds 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 Pelosi 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 SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down 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 Steyer

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 WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate 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 WilliamsonThe Young Turks' Cenk Uygur: Here's how to choose a president Gravel campaign to air Biden attack ad on MSNBC The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives 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."

 

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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

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 Swalwell (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 

 

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.

   

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 KerrySchumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence Trump threatens Iran with increased sanctions after country exceeds uranium enrichment cap The 'invisible primary' has begun 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  

 

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 doesn't throw his hat into the ring. 

 

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDemocrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: 'They broke journalism, helped incite a genocide' Trump puts hopes for Fed revolution on unconventional candidate Budowsky: Harris attacked Biden, helped Trump 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 CaseyCrucial for Congress to fund life-saving diabetes research Republicans make U-turn on health care Democrats press IRS on guidance reducing donor disclosure requirements 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 HolderFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The old 'state rights' and the new state power The Hill's Morning Report — Harris brings her A game to Miami debate 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 KaineAcosta defends Epstein deal, bucking calls for resignation Republican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Schumer calls on Acosta to step down over Epstein 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 KennedyPressley responds to Pelosi dismissal of votes against border bill Democratic outrage grows over conditions at border detention centers Democratic lawmakers pay tense visit to Texas migrant facility MORE III (Mass.)

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.

 

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 MerkleySenate Democrat releasing book on Trump admin's treatment of migrants at border Sunday shows - Amash, immigration dominate Merkley on delaying endorsement: 'We have a different set of cards this time' 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 MurphyDemocratic Sen. Chris Murphy announces book on gun violence Lawmakers join Nats Park fundraiser for DC kids charity Democrats look to demonize GOP leader 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.

 

Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Michelle Obama calls on teachers to help students register to vote The Obamas' silence on Joe Biden is deafening  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.

  

Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyThe Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate Marianne Williamson knocks Vogue for not including her in photo shoot of women running for president Williamson campaign pushes back on 'Oprah's BFF' title MORE

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 KimmelMegan Rapinoe reveals what she'd say to fans who are Trump supporters Jimmy Kimmel gives chicken nuggets to US women's soccer players since they won't go to the White House Pelosi says she will view less-redacted version of Mueller report MORE in February that she was “definitely not running” and said in July that “the nastiness” of politics “would kill me.”

 

Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesTrump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation Mueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories Sally Yates: Trump would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president 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.

 

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomNew York bans discrimination against natural hair California lawmakers pass bill requiring Trump, presidential hopefuls release tax returns to appear on ballot Democratic governors: Exclusion of census citizenship question doesn't mean an end to 'confusion or anxiety' 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.

 

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REPUBLICANS

YES

 

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 WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldPoll: Trump trails Biden and Sanders, beats Buttigieg, Harris, and Warren Republicans more interested in a primary challenge to Trump than Democrats were for Obama in 2012 Trump challenger Weld renews calls for his resignation after comments on political opponent 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 AmashSC Republican Mark Sanford considering primary challenge to Trump Democrats erupt over Trump attacks Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller 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 urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets Flake responds to Trump, Jimmy Carter barbs: 'We need to stop trying to disqualify each other' Jeff Flake responds to Trump's 'greener pastures' dig on former GOP lawmakers 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) HaleyAmerican women can have it all State denies report ex-spokeswoman received Fox salary while in administration Trump rules out Haley joining 2020 ticket 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 SasseAcosta on shaky ground as GOP support wavers Some good advice for Democrats to ignore in 2020 Swing-state Democrats see trouble in proposed pay hike 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 CubanO'Rourke to headline OZY Fest in New York WHIP LIST: Who's in and out in the 2020 race Mark Cuban: Trump should 'just read a book' instead of tweeting MORE

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.

 

Howard Schultz

After previously stating that he is seriously considering an independent presidential bid, the former Starbucks CEO reportedly let go of most of his campaign staff in June except for leadership roles. Schultz had announced that same month that he would be taking a summer hiatus as he recovers from back surgery. 

 

NO

 

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.