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 TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees 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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This list was last updated Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m.




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 all 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.)

"I'm going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom I'm going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own," Gillibrand said during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Jan. 15.

State Sen. Richard Ojeda (W.Va.)

Ojeda announced his candidacy in November. He repeatedly criticized Trump but endorsed the then-businessman for president in 2016.

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.


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Warren made waves when she announced in December she was forming an exploratory committee to run for the White House. The first major heavyweight to announce such a move, Warren promised to fight for the middle class while “billionaires and big corporations” try to get “more of the pie.”


Stacey Abrams

Abrams has said several times that she will run for office again after she lost a close election in this year’s governor’s race in Georgia that gave her national name recognition. “I am open to all options, and it’s too soon after the election to know exactly what I’m going to do,” she said shortly after accepting defeat.

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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.

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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.

Michael Bloomberg

The former mayor of New York City has said he will decide by January or February if he’ll run. He visited Iowa in December and was a highly visible donor to Democrats during the midterms.

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Booker has been talked about as a future presidential candidate since his days as mayor of Newark. The 49-year-old Democrat has said he’s not ruling out a run and fueled presidential speculation after a blitz of campaign stops for midterm candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other key primary states.

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.

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Brown first appeared on the presidential radar after easily winning reelection in November in the swing state of Ohio, which Trump won by 8 points. He admitted in November that he was “seriously thinking" about a run, and on Jan. 15 he announced he would be visiting four early voting states as part of his "Dignity of Work" tour.

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.

Pete Buttigieg

The South Bend, Ind., mayor raised eyebrows this month when he announced he would not seek a third term in 2019, possibly clearing the way for a 2020 run. A veteran who served in Afghanistan, Buttigieg has also raised his national profile with an unsuccessful bid to chair the Democratic National Committee, trips to meet with Democrats in Iowa and the establishment of a political action committee.

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Casey said in November he has an “obligation” to consider running in 2020, citing Democrats’ need to take back the state where he won reelection in November by double digits.

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Conventional wisdom says it's unlikely that Clinton would make another bid for president, but the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t ruled it out. She said in October that she’d “like to be president” even as she acknowledged that she doesn’t want to run again.

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.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

The Los Angeles mayor, who visited Iowa earlier this year, said in October that he would likely make a decision by the end of 2018.


Andrew Gillum

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

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Harris is in her first term in the Senate but has been floated as a presidential candidate since she was elected. She has said she will make a decision on whether to run over the holidays.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper was considered as a possible running mate for Clinton in 2016 and said this month that the chances he runs are “past 50-50.” He is not expected to make a final decision until January, when term limits push him out of the governor’s mansion.

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The former attorney general has said multiple times that he’s considering running for president but that he won’t make a final decision until early 2019. He has already visited Iowa and New Hampshire.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee 

The two-term governor, a congressman for more than a decade, has not ruled out a presidential campaign and has been keeping his name in the headlines.

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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.”

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The Minnesota senator says she is thinking about running for president. She campaigned in Iowa in October and represents an emerging swing state that Clinton narrowly won in 2016.

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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The Oregonian confirmed in June that Merkley is considering a run for president. It was reported in November that he was quietly lobbying Oregon state lawmakers to change a law that would prevent him for running for president in 2020 and reelection to the Senate at the same time.

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Murphy fueled speculation about a presidential bid after emerging as a staunch opponent of Trump’s agenda and a leader in the Senate for gun control measures. He said in December that Democrats need a candidate who is “100 percent authentic.”

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. But there remains speculation that the leader of a main opposition state to Trump could launch a bid.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)

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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 Vermont independent, who caucuses with Democrats, emerged as a progressive leader after running an unexpectedly tight primary race against Clinton in 2016. He said in November he would “probably” run if he emerges as “the best candidate to beat Donald Trump.”

Howard Schultz

The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks has left the door open to running in 2020, telling CNBC in June that he would “see what happens.” And while he hasn’t committed to running, Schultz has put together a new public relations team and plans to go on a book tour next year that could double as a presidential campaign.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo 

Raimondo, the new head of the Democratic Governors Association, said this month 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.





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.


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

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The retiring Flake has maintained that someone in the GOP should challenge Trump and told reporters in November that he hasn’t ruled out doing it himself.

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.


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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 outgoing 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.




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.