The United States Presidential Candidates for 2020

By Zemi Franicevic

In two years, on November 3, 2020, America will elect its next president of the United States. in August 2017, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced that President Donald Trump will run for a second term. She said, “The president says privately and publicly, often…that he’ll be president for seven-and-a-half more years, so he plans on being a two-term president,” Shocking the nation, Trump, a reality TV star, was first elected in 2016. Since the birth of our nation, sixteen U.S. presidents have won two consecutive elections, which is approximately one-third. Candidates running for president must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, they must be at least 35 years old, and they must have been a resident of the United States for at least 14 years.  A candidate can declare their candidacy at any time, but once they receive donations or make expenditures exceeding $5,000, they must register with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 15 days.

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The 2020 Democratic presidential primaries are forecasted to be the largest in U.S. history. The Democrats with name recognition like Biden and Sanders, will compete with vibrant young newcomers. The New York Times reports early Democratic interest in the race is not just “a reflection of the deep antipathy toward President Trump among Democrats, and the widespread belief that the right candidate could defeat him, but also of the likelihood that the contest for the nomination could be the longest, most crowded and most expensive in history.” As of September 26, 2018, 365 candidates have filed with the FEC to run for president.

By November 2018, a notable list of politicians and public figures have shown interest as possible candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Among them are Joe Biden; former vice president of the United States, Cory Booker; U.S. senator from New Jersey, Jerry Brown; governor of California, and Bernie Sanders; senator of Vermont.                                                                                                               

Trump might be bombarded by a primary challenge from his own party, especially since the House flipped from red to blue in the recent 2018 congressional midterms. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said in August 2017: “The direction he’s headed right now, just kind of drilling down on the base rather than trying to expand the base—I think he’s inviting a challenge.” But, other politicians say Trump’s low approval ratings, which are in the 30s and 40s, don’t indicate that Trump won’t be the nominee. Political analyst Steve Kornacki said in August 2017, “In 2016, the numbers didn’t mean quite what we thought they did.”                              

As of November 2018, the following politicians and public figures are potential candidates for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination: Bob Corker; U.S. senator from Tennessee, Tom Cotton; U.S. senator from Arkansas, Ted Cruz; U.S. senator from Texas, Jeff Flake; U.S. senator from Arizona, Nikki Haley; U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Kasich; governor of Ohio, Susana Martinez; governor of New Mexico, Mitt Romney; former governor of Massachusetts, Ben Sasse; U.S. senator from Nebraska, Scott Walker; governor of Wisconsin, Mike Pence; vice president of the United States, Carly Fiorina; former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Mark Cuban; owner of the Dallas Mavericks.


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