The 2020 Election: Who is Running and Why They Matter

By:  phansen  •  Politics  •  one month ago  •  20 comments

The 2020 Election: Who is Running and Why They Matter

The Democrats

This year, an impressive number (23 as of June 2019) of Democrats are running for president. At the top of the current pack are former Vice President Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders.

Senator Amy Klobuchar is also gaining some ground. Klobuchar co-sponsored a bill with Senator Chris Coons that would require businesses to pay 50 cents or more for every hour worked into employees' retirement options . This certainly reaches a broad demographic who carry financial burdens from college and health care costs.

Don't count out Pete Buttigieg, a two-term mayor from South Bend, Indiana. This young (he's 37) Midwesterner offers a lot of appeal to Millennial voters and is known for his success in starting to revitalize the once-downtrodden city of South Bend.

The Republicans

The most obvious Republican contender is current President Donald Trump. Against 23 Democrats, only Trump and former Libertarian candidate for Vice President Bill Weld have cast their hats into the race. 

We already know quite a lot about President Trump, but what are his chances for re-election? There are several key factors that could influence his chances either way. Speculation from some political commentators illuminates the fact that an unpopular Democratic nominee could sway more votes toward Trump.

On the other hand, if the economic news turns sour (and it could with the tariffs that President Trump is threatening to impose), votes could meander away toward the Democratic nominee. With a 41-42% approval rating during a "good" economic climate, Trump has some reason to worry about his re-election chances.

Third-Party and Independent Candidates

Don't count out the third-party and independent candidates! The Libertarian Party has some potential to gain ground for 2020 if Michigan Congressman Justin Amash (currently serving as a Republican) decides to join in. Amash has found a foothold with Libertarians and independents and is comfortable working across the aisle with both Democrats and Republicans.

Confirmed Libertarian candidates include Adam Kokesh, John McAfee, Arvin Vohra, and Vermin Supreme. (Yes, there really is a candidate named Vermin Supreme.)

The Green Party has several key candidates bidding for its nomination. These candidates include James Ogle and Robert Milnes. There is also some speculation that former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura might insert himself into the Green Party's race. If so, the ever-popular and somewhat controversial Ventura could propel the Green Party forward, further than it has ever gotten.

Who Will Lead the Packs?

It's still early for assumptions, but we can make a few basic predictions as to who will run in the 2020 general election. A few sources are currently predicting a slight victory for the Democratic Party.

Of course, there are key swing states like Michigan and Florida that could end up giving the deciding vote. Those will be the states to keep an eye on throughout the rest of 2019 and into 2020.

What Will Shape the General Election?

The Pew Research Center notes that a few important factors could shape the route of the primaries and, of course, the general election.

The growing number of nonwhite voters (in particular, the surge in eligible Hispanic voters), the advent of Generation Z (Americans aged 18 to 23), and the fact that Millennials will account for less than the electorate they had in 2016 could all influence the way the election turns out.

The 2020 election is heating up, and the drama behind it is unfolding on the news and social media every day. This is likely to sway how voters of all backgrounds experience the election process. But will it have an impact on who they vote for? Only time will tell.


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Citizen Kane-473667
1  Citizen Kane-473667    one month ago

Well written article. Reminds me of the way the news USED to be reported before news became infotainment.

1.1  TᵢG  replied to  Citizen Kane-473667 @1    one month ago

I agree, but it is dated.   Kamala Harris dropped out early December, 2019 and Pete Buttigieg is routinely in the top 4 nowadays.  Also, Bloomberg is not mentioned so this must pre-date his announcement.

Citizen Kane-473667
1.1.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  TᵢG @1.1    one month ago

Very dated. I think half the field is gone.

Buzz of the Orient
1.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TᵢG @1.1    one month ago

This new member just signed up today.  He most likely copied an existing article but did not know that it is required to post a link to the source.  If it had been written by him he would have been aware of the dropouts.

Citizen Kane-473667
1.1.3  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.2    one month ago

I did a search on some phrases, and it came back negative on results because I had the same suspicions and was going to help them out by informing them of the rule and show them how to properly post it.

It appears to have been written awhile ago, and this might just be something they had saved and are testing the waters with it. Trying to get the feel for posting and how exactly to interact on here. It is quite confusing for anyone new to a site like this where you can actually author more than just a comment posted at the end of a article online.

Buzz of the Orient
1.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Citizen Kane-473667 @1.1.3    one month ago

Well done, C.K.

Dean Moriarty
2  Dean Moriarty    one month ago

I don't agree with all of his policies but I think it would be cool if Vermin won. 


Citizen Kane-473667
2.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  Dean Moriarty @2    one month ago

Wouldn't that just be a HUGE poke in the eye to all those career politicians!


3  squiggy    one month ago

It all seems to come down to - 83289304_2815724471820526_13798923885535

Citizen Kane-473667
3.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  squiggy @3    one month ago

Looks about right!

3.2  MrFrost  replied to  squiggy @3    one month ago



Citizen Kane-473667
3.2.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  MrFrost @3.2    one month ago

Funny thing about JC, he preached that individuals should be looking out for their brethren. He never endorsed government being the babysitter to my knowledge. As a matter of fact, the only mention of taxes or Government I could find is when he said to "render unto Caesar" what we owe. Considering that the majority o Conservatives are religious and believe in giving to charities, and assuming that JC would be encouraging both while saying that it is the people and their  Charities responsibility to help the poor and infirm, not the Governments and that we should ALL pay our taxes, that would be a "Libtard" that even the Republicans could vote for! 

3.3  Sunshine  replied to  squiggy @3    one month ago

That sums it up.

Mark in Wyoming
4  Mark in Wyoming    one month ago

I tend to agree that the article is VERY dated.

 with who is still running , I have a feeling this will be the last go round for at least 2 of the nomination hopefuls, those being Joe and Bernie. dependant on how Bernie actually ends up doing will dictate Warrens future politically within the party and as a future nominee contender.

the issue I see is not to fire up the base of faithful in guaranteed win areas , but to make inroads and convince those not already under the party tent that their ideas are best.

Politics are full of liars  and damned liars , which applies to which party depends on a persons own political bend , and to someone like myself not party affiliated , they are all damned liars  because a liar is still a damned liar .

Citizen Kane-473667
4.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @4    one month ago
someone like myself not party affiliated , they are all damned liars  because a liar is still a damned liar

Hear hear!

5  squiggy    one month ago


5.1  MrFrost  replied to  squiggy @5    one month ago


5.1.1  squiggy  replied to  MrFrost @5.1    one month ago


5.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  squiggy @5.1.1    one month ago


5.1.3  squiggy  replied to  MrFrost @5.1.2    one month ago

What’s that? Impeached and re-elecred?