Who's running in the 2020 US presidential election? We're keeping track of all the candidates to formally declare their candidacy in the race for the White House. The list below follows the order in which it became clear the candidates would run.

John Delaney

  • Delaney was the United States Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district until January 2019.
  • Delaney was the first candidate to put his hand up for the Democrats, all the way back in July 2017. He says he declared early because he knew he would be running the race from behind.
  • He is in favour of increasing the corporate tax rate to fund infrastructure initiatives and restoring the top income tax to pre-Trump levels while positioning himself as the candidate for the global order.

Andrew Yang

  • Yang is a successful entrepreneur who was acknowledged by the Obama administration as a 'Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship'.
  • He filed his paperwork to run for president on the day of the 2018 midterm elections (6 November 2018).
  • His candidacy is unique for its focus of the impact of artificial intelligence on the workforce as well as his signature policy of a universal basic income of US$1,000 per month for every American over the age of 18.

Elizabeth Warren

  • Warren is the Senior United States Senator from Massachusetts. She joined Congress in 2013 after campaigning hard against Wall Street interests, but she still raised more than any other Senate candidate in the 2012 election.
  • She kicked off her 2020 campaign in earnest when she announced her formation of an exploratory committee on the last day of 2018.
  • Warren has been pinned as a potential successor to Bernie Sanders as the leader of the economic progressives in the Democratic Party since his failed 2016 bid, but with the Senator from Vermont now running, Warren has focused on creating her own brand. Their biggest difference lies in the fact that Warren pledges to fix a broken economic system, whereas Sanders advocates sweeping it away and rebuilding it from scratch.
  • She favours higher taxes for the rich, evaluating trade deals on the basis of outcomes for US workers and Medicare for all.

Tulsi Gabbard

  • Gabbard is a congresswoman from Hawaii and an Iraq War veteran.
  • She was the first Samoan American and the first Hindu to be elected to Congress when she won her House race in 2012.
  • Gabbard has drawn significant criticism for meeting with the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in 2017 and for her previous outspoken opposition to same sex marriage. Gabbard was also among the first Democrats to meet with the Trump administration transition team after the 2016 election.

Julián Castro

  • Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio and became the youngest member of the Obama administration cabinet when he served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in 2014.
  • He was strongly speculated to be a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton at the 2016 election.
  • He has an identical twin brother, Joaquin, who serves as a House Democrat.

Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Gillibrand has been a junior US Senator from New York since 2009 after a stint in the House from 2007.
  • During her time in the Senate, Gillibrand came to prominence due to her outspoken criticism of sexual harassment and assault in the US military – she was among the leaders of the movement to remove the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
  • Prior to her political career, Gillibrand was a successful corporate lawyer.
  • Her economic and social positions in the past have been broadly considered as moderate, but have shifted toward the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Kamala Harris

  • Harris was elected in 2017 as a first-term Senator for California after previously having served as the Attorney General for San Francisco.
  • Harris’ “tough stance” on crime during her tenure as Attorney General has been under scrutiny since her name was floated as a potential candidate and in the wake of criminal justice reform on the Hill.
  • Her star rose during the controversial confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh where clips of Senator Harris drawing on her experience as a prosecutor to grill the nominee went viral.

Pete Buttigieg

  • Buttigieg is the 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to this he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
  • At 37, he is the youngest candidate in the field and would be both the youngest and first openly gay person to be elected President of the United States if his bid is successful.
  • Buttigieg is an active naval reservist and deployed to Afghanistan in 2015.

Marianne Williamson

  • Williamson is a self-help and spiritual author. She has a long list of New York Times bestsellers to her name and regularly appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show while it was airing.
  • She says she is running because the United States needs a "moral and spiritual awakening".
  • In 2014 Williamson run unsuccessfully for the House in California’s 33rd congressional district.

Cory Booker

  • Booker currently serves as the junior US senator from New Jersey, a post he has held since 2013. Prior to this, he was the 36th Mayor of Newark, a role he prioritised over an offer to serve in the leadership of the Obama-initiated White House Office of Urban Affairs.
  • Booker has gained recognition in the last year for his championing of criminal justice reform and his willingness to release what he said were confidential documents during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh which allegedly showed the nominee’s support for racial profiling. It was later clear that these documents were already public.
  • Senator Booker’s close financial ties to Wall Street in comparison to other candidate’s colder stance will likely be a source of tension during his campaign.

Amy Klobuchar

  • Klobuchar is the senior Senator from Minnesota. She became the first woman to hold this position when she was elected in 2006. She previously worked as a county attorney and lawyer in Minnesota.
  • Her ability to bridge the rural-urban divide exploited by Trump will be central to her 2020 campaign – at the 2018 midterms, Klobuchar won 43 counties that Donald Trump won in 2016.
  • Klobuchar has focused on affordable healthcare, combatting voter suppression and reducing the role of money in politics but overall, she has not moved as far left as other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
  • Her campaign launch has been marred by reports that she has been an overdemanding boss and allegedly mistreated her staffers.

Bernie Sanders

  • Sanders is a junior Senator from Vermont, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to this, he spent 16 years as an independent in the House of Representatives - the longest term in Congressional history for any independent.
  • At 77, Sanders is the oldest candidate in the field and the only candidate who is running for a second time.
  • Sanders became a political star in the 2016 race for the Democratic nomination which he lost to Hillary Clinton.
  • His campaign, which included 'Medicare for all' and positions radically left of the traditional Democratic platform, shifted the goalposts for the party and heralded a new era of young progressives. He claims he is natural choice to lead the revolution he started.

Jay Inslee

  • Inslee has been the Governor of Washington since 2013, prior to which he served two stints in the US House of Representatives and as a regional director for the Health Department in the Clinton administration.
  • He has long been a champion of sustainability and in 2007 he co-authored a book advocating massive investment in green energy jobs and policies that would slash carbon emissions. His ideas were not dissimilar to those encompassed in the 'Green New Deal' and his bid proposes that he is the right person to take the helm of the movement.
  • Inslee's campaign headquarters will be in Seattle - the only HQ located on the West Coast in the current field of Democratic hopefuls.

John Hickenlooper

  • Hickenlooper was the 42nd Mayor of Colorado from 2011 to January 2019. Prior to this he ran a brewing company in Denver after being laid off as a geologist.
  • He has a strong record of success running as a moderate Democrat in the purple state of Colorado on issues like gun control, Medicaid and the death penalty.
  • He says he has proven he can unite people in the way that is expected of the president.

Beto O'Rourke

  • The former Texas congressman attracted attention during his failed bid to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections.
  • O'Rourke launched his bid to become the Democratic nominee with a video announcement calling for action on climate change, income inequality and the affordability of healthcare.
  • He has praised the Green New Deal, a far-reaching set of proposals introduced by progressives led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).