Campaign 2020: The list of Democratic presidential candidates who want to topple Trump

The Iowa Caucuses are months away (Feb. 3, 2020) but Democratic candidates for president are already scrambling for momentum in a crowded field.

There are likely more candidates to come. Keep checking back here for the latest on the Democratic candidates and follow national political coverage here.

Officially in: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, ex-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Rep. John Delaney, Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam, former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak, author Marianne Williamson, and former tech executive Andrew Yang.

Not running: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda (announced run, but dropped out).

Others: Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is challenging Trump in the Republican primary. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is considering an independent run.

<b>New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio</b>

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on May 16 that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president.

The mayor announced his run with a video released by his campaign. "There's plenty of money in this world. There's plenty of money in this country. It's just in the wrong hands," de Blasio says at the beginning of the video.

He concludes: "I'm running for president because it's time we put working people first."

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<b>Montana Gov. Steve Bullock</b>

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced on May 14 that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself as the field's only statewide elected official to win a state that President Trump carried in 2016. The 53-year-old governor is running as a centrist Democrat who has advanced party values while navigating a Republican legislature and a GOP-leaning electorate.

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<b>Sen. Michael Bennet</b>

The moderate Democrat from Colorado had been moving toward a presidential run late last year but paused while he was being treated for prostate cancer. He announced he was joining the 2020 primary field during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on May 2, 2019.

Bennet will be competing against his state’s governor, John Hickenlooper, for whom Bennet served as chief of staff when Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver.

Bennet, in a video about his launch, took issue with some of his more liberal opponents, saying “I”m not going to pretend free college is the answer.” He is also opposed to the push for single-payer health care, instead proposing letting Americans buy into Medicare through health care exchanges.

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<b>Former Vice President Joe Biden </b>

Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on April 25, declaring the soul of the nation at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

In a video posted on Twitter, Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Biden noted Trump's comments that there were some "very fine people" on both sides of the violent encounter, which left one woman dead.

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<b>Rep. Seth Moulton</b>

Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. He made the announcement on his website on April 22, 2019. Moulton first came to prominence in 2014 when he unseated long-term incumbent Rep. John Tierney in a Democratic primary and went on to represent the state's 6th Congressional District, a swath of communities north of Boston including Salem, home of the infamous colonial-era witch trials.

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<b>Rep. Eric Swalwell</b>

Swalwell, the representative for California’s 15th Congressional District since 2012, made the announcement during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on April 8, 2019.

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<b>Rep. Tim Ryan</b>

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who once challenged Nancy Pelosi for the U.S. House speakership in 2016, joined the field for the Democratic primaries with an announcement on ABC’s “The View” on April 4, 2019.

"I'm a progressive who knows how to talk to working class people, and I know how to get elected in working class districts, because, at the end of the day, the progressive agenda is what's best for working families," Ryan said on the show.

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<b>Mayor Wayne Messam</b>

The mayor of Miramar, a city in South Florida, announced in a video on March 28 that he is joining the crowded field of Democratic candidates.

Messam was a wide receiver on Florida State University’s 1993 national championship team. He owns a construction business and became the first African-American mayor of Miramar, Florida’s 13th-largest city, The Sun Sentinel reported.

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<b>Beto O’Rourke</b>

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who took social media by storm in his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, announced on March 14 he was officially in the race.

O’Rourke, who repped an El Paso, Texas, congressional district, ended months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to translate his new political celebrity into a White House bid, despite his loss to Cruz in deep red Texas.

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<b>John Hickenlooper</b>

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he's running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who is used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. "I'm running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done," Hickenlooper, 66, said in a video announcing his campaign. "I've proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver."

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<b>Gov. Jay Inslee</b>

The relatively unknown Governor of Washington of Jay Inslee announced he was joining the field on March 1, 2019, pledging to make climate change the primary issue in his campaign. Inslee, 68, is the first governor to enter the Democratic contest and has a long political resume, but lacks name recognition outside of the Pacific Northwest.

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<b>Sen. Bernie Sanders</b>

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced on Feb. 19, 2019, that he is running for president in 2020.

"Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump," the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. "Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice."

He officially kicked off his campaign with a rally near his childhood home in Brooklyn on March 2, 2019.

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<b>Sen. Amy Klobuchar</b>

The Minnesota senator positioned herself as the most prominent Midwestern candidate in the field as she announced her candidacy Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in a snowy park along the Mississippi River with the Minneapolis skyline in the background.Klobuchar made the announcement after several stories about her alleged mistreatment of Capitol Hill staff put a dent in her “Minnesota nice” reputation.

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<b>Sen. Elizabeth Warren</b>

The Massachusetts senator became the first prominent candidate to dip a toe into the race, announcing in an email to supporters on Dec. 31, 2018, that she was forming an exploratory committee. She made it official on Feb. 9, 2019, that she was after the Dem nomination and the White House.

The progressive candidate’s initial move came two months after a widely-criticized decision to release a DNA test to prove her claim to Native American heritage, a topic Trump has routinely used to attack her. She formally announced her candidacy at a rally in Lawrence, Mass., after a series of stops, with some big turnout, in states like Iowa.

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<b>Sen. Cory Booker</b>

Current New Jersey senator and former mayor of Newark, Cory Booker announced his bid for the Oval Office on Feb. 1, 2019.

Booker has long been seen as a challenger for the presidency. Something of a centrist, Booker’s announcement focused on unity and pride in America in an era marked by bitter political polarization.

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<b>Mayor Pete Buttigieg</b>

The mayor of South Bend, Ind., home of the University of Notre Dame, announced he was forming an exploratory committee in January before formally joining the race on April 14.

At 37-years old, Buttigieg is only a few years older than the age requirement to be commander-in-chief, which is 35. He is a former Rhodes scholar and veteran of the war in Afghanistan and would be the first openly gay nominee from a major party. He ran unsuccessfully in 2017 for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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<b>Sen. Kamala Harris</b>

The first-term senator from California, where she was the former attorney general, entered the race on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Harris, if successful, would be the first woman African American to win the nomination.

Harris bypassed the traditional route of launching an exploratory committee. During a recent TV appearance to promote her new book, “The Truths We Hold,” Harris described Washington as a “hot mess,” saying she was raised to fix problems.

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<b>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand</b>

The New York Democrat announced an exploratory committee on an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Jan. 15, and formally joined the 2020 White House race on March 17.

Gillibrand was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton’s senate seat in 2009 and was re-elected in November.

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<b>Julian Castro</b>

The former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of housing and urban development under President Barack Obama officially entered the race on Jan. 12.

The first Latino to enter the race made immigration the focus of his announcement, attacking Trump’s policies and his push for a border wall.

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<b>Rep. Tulsi Gabbard</b>

The Hawaii Democrat announced on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show” on Jan. 11 that she would run for the White House, listing criminal justice reform, climate change and health care as issues she wanted to solve.

A week later, she apologized to LGBTQ people after criticism of her past comments and work against gay rights resurfaced. She had apologized previously, saying she has evolved on the issue.

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<b>Marianne Williamson</b>

The best-selling author of spiritual books entered the race on Jan. 28 with a speech in California.

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<b>Andrew Yang</b>

A New York City entrepreneur entered the fray on early, on Nov. 6, 2017. Yang is running on a platform of universal basic income, Medicare For All, and a more humane form of capitalism. Yang is the son of Taiwanese immigrants and attended Exeter boarding school and the Ivy League.

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<b>John Delaney</b>

The little-known former Maryland congressman became the first candidate to officially enter the fray. And he wasted no time doing so, announcing his intent to run in July 2017 in a Washington Post op-ed.

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