Capitol Report: Here are the 18 Democrats running for president, as Deval Patrick enters the race
The crowded 2020 Democratic field is up to 18 contenders thanks to former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick entering the fray on Thursday, and billionaire Michael Bloomberg could expand the field to 19.
“In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me and with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for the next generation, I am today announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Patrick said in a video.
Meanwhile, advisers to Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, have signaled that he hasn’t made a final decision on whether to enter the Democratic presidential primary, but he’s taking steps toward a campaign, such as filing to be on primary ballots in Alabama and Arkansas.
The party’s White House field has contracted only somewhat over the past four months, with nine politicians dropping out of the race for the 2020 nomination. Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the pack in national polls, though Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in polls focused on Iowa, which has a critical role thanks to its first-in-the-nation caucuses.
The other Democrats seeking to take on President Donald Trump next year include Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent; Sen. Kamala Harris of California; and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Author and activist Marianne Williamson and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also remain in the mix.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas exited on Nov. 1, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio departed in October, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped out in September. Their announcements followed departures in August by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California bowed out in July.
In a RealClearPolitics moving average of national polls on Thursday, Biden scored 26% support vs. Warren’s 20.8%. Sanders drew 17.8%, topping Buttigieg at 8%, Harris at 5.3%, entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 2.8%, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey at 2.3% each. All other Democratic candidates are below 2%. Despite his advantage in national polls, Biden ranked fourth in the field in third-quarter fundraising, meaning he doesn’t have as much money in the bank as other top-tier candidates.
The fifth Democratic debate is scheduled for Wednesday in Atlanta, and an unofficial tally by NBC News has 10 contenders qualifying: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren and Yang. MSNBC and the Washington Post co-host the event.