Two more presidential contenders are in, four top Democrats are out

There are sixteen notable presidential candidates and 86 weeks to go until November 3, 2020.
 
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) entered the race last Friday, calling himself “the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority.” On Monday, John Hickenlooper (D), the former governor of Colorado, also announced that he was running for president.
 
While they are still on the sidelines, former Vice President Joe Biden (D), possible independent candidate Howard Schultz, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) are expanding their teams.
 
Biden reportedly hired Cristóbal Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Fund, for an undisclosed role. Schultz brought on three veteran Republican staffers: former Steve Stivers aides Brendon DelToro and Matt LoParco and consultant Greg Strimple. Although no job offers have been reported, O’Rourke has also been interviewing candidates to be his campaign manager.
 
Even with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) ruling out a presidential run this week, the presidential field is still expected to grow in the coming weeks.
 
Compared to the 2016 presidential cycle, Democrats in 2020 are on track to match, if not exceed, the number of Republican candidates who ran four years ago. Click here to see a chart comparing the number of notable presidential candidates who entered the races in 2016 and 2020 by weeks out from the election.



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Emily Aubert

Emily Aubert is a staff writer at Ballotpedia and can be reached at emily.aubert@ballotpedia.org

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