Will the 2020 election end with similar results as 2016 or will a new person be elected to the presidency
With President Trump’s term halfway over, the campaign trail for the 2020 presidential election has already begun with 16 candidates having officially announced their run for the presidency.
Donald Trump filed his re-election campaign on the day of his inauguration in 2017, and he already has had over a dozen rallies in the past two years. Of the 45 presidents, 16 have had two consecutive terms as president, and George H. W. Bush was the most recent president to fail to be re-elected for a second term.
Of the 16 people to officially announce their campaigns, Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, is the only Republican party candidate besides President Trump. Weld has publicly criticized the Trump administration on multiple occasions for the controversy the administration has had with the public.
Bernie Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, is the most notable figure from the 2016 election to run again. While Sanders lost the Democratic primary in the previous election, he is still running with many of the same ideals and socialist views.
Of the thirteen Democrats that have announced their campaigns, Elizabeth Warren has received the most media attention. President Trump has heavily scrutinized Warren, causing much more negative attention to be drawn to her campaign than positive attention.
Compared to the number of Democrats expected to run, the Republican field for 2020 is a lot smaller in size. While very few Republicans have officially filed their campaign, there is speculation around who may run, including former Ohio governor, John Kasich.
The former two term Governor won Ohio in the Republican primaries, but ultimately lost the 2016 presidential nomination to Trump. While Kasich has yet to announce his campaign, he would be heavily favored to win Ohio in the primaries, one of the most important swing states in presidential elections.
Out of the many Democrats already campaigning, former Vice President Joe
Biden is heavily favored to be a top contender for the democratic nomination, even though he hasn’t officially announced his campaign. Biden served for eight years under President Obama and regretted not running in 2016, but originally claimed he wouldn’t run in 2020.
Despite the large numbers of people already running in 2020, many members of the Democratic Party were surprised when Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said he would not run. Brown was in strong contention to be put on the democratic ticket with Hillary Clinton for Vice President in 2016 and will be again in the upcoming election. Brown was thought to be one of the only Democrats who had the chance to win Ohio, one of the most important swing states, which has increasingly voted Republican in recent years.
After Donald Trump, a former businessman, won the presidential election, more and more people who aren’t politicians are being mentioned as possible candidates, including Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates.
One person who has gained a lot support to run for President, especially from young voters, is Michelle Obama. While the former First Lady said she does not plan to run for President in the future, many Americans are pushing for her to return to the White House.
Despite all of the people who have announced their campaigns, the official presidential candidates won’t be announced until after the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the summer of 2020.