The Hunt for the Oval Office: 2020 Edition

The Hunt for the Oval Office: 2020 Edition

Honestly, it only seems like every Tom, Dick and Harriet is running to win the 2020 Presidential Election. The field is in a constant state of flux with people throwing their hat into the ring and others packing it in. It may not be the same tomorrow or even this evening, but as of December 17, 2019, here’s how it stands.

Republicans

Donald Trump — The current president and the incumbent started his reelection campaign the morning after he was officially declared the winner of the 2016 version.

Former Representative Joe Walsh — He served one term in the House representing the Illinois 8th congressional district. The erstwhile radio talk show host has been polling consistently at 2% since he announced his candidacy.

William Weld — During the 1990s, he was the Governor of Massachusetts. He has also worked as an attorney, businessman and author. His poll numbers are also around 2%.

Democrats

Here’s where it gets crowded — some would even say overcrowded. Before getting to the official candidates’ list, one persistent rumor must be addressed. It has been conjectured that a return to the battle by former First Lady and Secretary of State under President Obama, Hillary Clinton would place her in the field as the front-runner, according to a story in the New York Post. Also, although she hasn’t uttered a single word of interest, a hypothetical run by Michelle Obama could vault her to the top based on surveys. Neither woman has expressed any interest in running.

Joe Biden — He was the Democratic Senator representing Delaware from 1973 to 2009 when he was inaugurated as the 47th Vice President of the United States. The aggregate of recent polls shows 27% of Democrats would vote for him.

Bernie Sanders — A long-time member of Congress, he began as a Representative for Vermont serving in the House from 1991 through 2006. He was elected to the Senate in 2006 and began serving as a Senator in 2007 and continues to serve. He places second in the polls with 18.6%.

Elizabeth Warren — She is a Senator from Massachusetts, elected in 2013. Prior to that, she was in academia as a law school professor and consultant. She is third with 15.9%.

Pete Buttigieg — He is a newcomer to the national political scene having served as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012. That notwithstanding, he has certainly made an impact garnering 9.1% of potential voters.

Others registering in the pollsters, and therefore with Democratic voters are:

  • Michael Bloomberg — Erstwhile Republican Mayor of NYC. 5.4%
  • Andrew Yang — Political Rookie. Entrepreneur and philanthropist. 3.1%
  • Amy Klobuchar — Senator from Minnesota since 2007. 3.1%
  • Cory Booker — First-term Senator for New Jersey. 2.8%
  • All other candidates at <2%

There’s no doubt that as the first of the primary caucuses approach in February 2020 and through the primary season some of those lower in the polls will drop out. The reasons for those moves are, as always myriad. Perhaps the campaigns run out of money, maybe it’s to reduce conflict within the party or it could be they are offered a position within the winner’s speculative administration. Of course, it seems the Democrat voter base wouldn’t mind seeing one or two additions to the field.

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