These Democrats are running for the presidency

By CNN staff

Published February 12, 2020

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More than two dozen Democrats threw their hats in the ring with the hope to run against President Donald Trump.

With the first votes of the 2020 Democratic nominating contest underway, here's a look at who's in and who's out in the race for the White House.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden

Biden, 77, of Delaware, has name recognition, decades of experience and ties to former President Barack Obama.

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg, 77, of New York, entered the race in late November and said his campaign was aimed at defeating Trump.

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Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg, 38, of Indiana, would be the youngest and first married gay president if elected.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard, 38, of Hawaii, brings experience as an Iraq War veteran to the House Armed Services Committee.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar, 59, of Minnesota, is looking to work across the aisle and bring back working-class midwesterners to the party.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sanders, 78, of Vermont, has an agenda with policies that include expanding health care and making higher education free.

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Billionaire Tom Steyer

Steyer, 62, of California, has operated as a funding force in Democratic politics in recent years.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Warren, 70, of Massachusetts, played a crucial role in launching the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Some candidates have already left the race, too.

Sen. Michael Bennet

Bennet, 55, of Colorado, pitched himself as a pragmatic lawmaker with a progressive voting record. He dropped out February 11.

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Sen. Cory Booker

Booker, 50, of New Jersey, gained national recognition during his tenure as Newark's mayor. He dropped out of the race on January 13.

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Gov. Steve Bullock

Bullock, 53, of Montana, planned to lean into his success in winning over red state voters, but he dropped out of the race on December 2.

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Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro

Castro, 45, of Texas, served as mayor of San Antonio and ended his campaign on January 2.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

De Blasio, 58, of New York, claims successes in universal pre-K, raising the minimum wage and a low murder rate during his tenure. He ended his race on September 20.

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Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney

Delaney, 56, of Maryland, is a self-made businessman who at one point was the New York Stock Exchange's youngest CEO. He dropped out on January 31.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand, 53, of New York, has tried to square increasingly progressive stances on immigration and gun reform with her previous positions. She dropped out on August 28.


Sen. Kamala Harris

Harris, 55, of California, is a former California state attorney general and has said she supports Medicare-for-all and marijuana legalization. She dropped out on December 3.

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Former Gov. John Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper, 67, of Colorado, helped steer his state through natural disasters and a mass shooting. He ended his campaign on August 15.


Gov. Jay Inslee

Inslee, 68, of Washington, is a vocal Trump opponent who says he is the climate change candidate. But he dropped out of the race on August 21.

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Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam

Messam, 45, of Florida, holds progressive views on immigration, guns and the environment. He dropped out of the race on November 20.

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Rep. Seth Moulton

Moulton, 41, of Massachusetts, was expected to focus heavily on veterans' issues and national security, but he ended his campaign on August 23.

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Former Congressional Candidate Richard Ojeda

Ojeda, 49, of West Virginia, served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He focused on school finance reform and issues facing the middle class before dropping out on January 25.


Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke

O'Rourke, 47, of Texas, ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in 2018 while serving his third term in the House. He dropped out of this race on November 1.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

Patrick, 63, of Massachusetts, announced a late entry to the race in November after previously deciding not to run. He ended his campaign February 12.

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Rep. Tim Ryan

Ryan, 46, of Ohio, is known for his opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi retaining leadership (he later voted for her). He dropped out of the race on October 24.

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Former Rep. Joe Sestak

Sestak, 68, of Pennsylvania, served in the US military for 31 years and was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006. He ended his campaign on December 1.

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Rep. Eric Swalwell

Swalwell, 39, of California, focused on combating gun violence and dropped out of the race on July 8 after failing to gain traction.

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Spiritual author Marianne Williamson

Williamson, 67, of Texas, is known for being a spiritual counselor to Oprah Winfrey. She called for "a moral and spiritual awakening" in the US, but she ended her run on January 10.

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Businessman Andrew Yang

Yang, 45, of New York, wanted to give all Americans a universal basic income of $1,000 per month to address economic inequality. He ended his campaign February 11.

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