By Jim EllisJan. 16, 2019 — As predicted, a great deal of action on the presidential front has already occurred in January, and we’re likely to see more very soon.
So far this month, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and former Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced their presidential campaigns. Billionaire Tom Steyer, thought to be preparing a run, publicly stated that he would not do so.
There are so many potential political players, however, it is difficult to tell them without a scorecard, as the old saying goes.
Below is an updated list of the 31 Democrats who have taken action on the presidential front or are rumored to be doing so in the near future.
Most Likely to Run (listed alphabetically)
- Former Vice President Joe Biden – expected to make his plans known at some point in February
- Ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – already reportedly exploring what he will must do to divest himself of his media empire before running
- Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) – expected to soon announce an exploratory committee if not an actual campaign committee. The NJ legislature and governor changed New Jersey election law to allow individuals to run for offices simultaneously. Sen. Booker is up for re-election in the 2020 election cycle.
- Ex-Secretary Julian Castro – announced candidacy
- Ex-Congressman John Delaney (D-MD) – announced candidacy; been traveling in Iowa and New Hampshire for most of last year
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) – stated in a CNN interview that she will run for president and will shortly make a formal announcement
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) – expected to soon form exploratory committee
- Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) – planning presidential campaign announcement for the Martin Luther King holiday in her birthplace of Oakland, CA
- Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) – expected to soon announce presidential exploratory committee
- Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) – stated publicly that he will form an exploratory committee
- Ex-Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) – making public moves to enter the presidential race
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I/D-VT) – says he will run if he doesn’t believe any of the other candidates can defeat President Trump. Expected to again make the race.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – has formed presidential exploratory committee, and is expected to become an official candidate