Capitol Report: Here are the 17 Democrats running for president after Montana Gov. Bullock’s exit

December 02
21:52 2019

The 2020 Democratic field is contracting again, declining to 17 contenders thanks to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock dropping out Monday.

“It has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates,” Bullock said in a statement.

The Democratic Party’s pool of White House hopefuls has shrunk only somewhat over the past five months. While 10 politicians have dropped out of the race for the nomination during that stretch, other contenders have jumped in, with billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally launching his campaign on Nov. 24, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick entering on Nov. 14, and billionaire activist Tom Steyer announcing his run in July.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the pack in national polls, though South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg ranks No. 1 in surveys focused on Iowa, which has a critical role thanks to its first-in-the-nation caucuses. Buttigieg had been trailing Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in Iowa, but he became the front-runner in the Hawkeye State in mid-November.

The other Democrats seeking to take on Trump next year include Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and entrepreneur Andrew Yang also remain in the mix.

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The next primary debate is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Los Angeles and features the toughest qualifying requirements to date, as the Democratic National Committee aims to winnow the 2020 field. The White House hopefuls will have to get at least 200,000 donors and achieve at least 4% support in four national or early-state polls, or score 6% in two early-state polls.

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The first voter verdicts will come Feb. 3 with the Iowa caucuses.

Here is the MarketWatch list of contenders and the status of their candidacies, based on their statements:

Name Age State of candidacy
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams45Said Aug. 13 that she’s not running for president.
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado55Running for president.
Former Vice President Joe Biden77Running for president.
Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg77Running for president.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey50Running for president.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock53Was running for president, dropped out Dec. 2.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg37Running for president.
Ex-HUD chief Julián Castro45Running for president.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio58Was running for president, dropped out Sept. 20.
Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland56Running for president.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii38Running for president.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York52Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 28.
Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel89Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 6.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California55Running for president.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper67Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 15.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee68Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 21.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota59Running for president.
Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam45Was running for president, dropped out Nov. 29.
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts41Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 23.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas47Was running for president, dropped out Nov. 1.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick63Running for president.
Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio46Was running for president, dropped out Oct. 24.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont78Running for president.
Former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania67Running for president.
Tom Steyer, billionaire investor and activist62Running for president.
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California39Was running for president, dropped out July 8.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts70Running for president.
Marianne Williamson, author and activist67Running for president.
Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America44Running for president.

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