Now that 2019 is of cially in full swing, anticipation for the 2020 presidential elec-tion is beginning to build.

Plenty of people are excited to take their shot at knocking Donald Trump out of of ce, preventing the Republican from earning a second term. This is obvious when you look at the potential Democratic candidates who are searching for the nomination, with nine candidates already declaring their candidacy and two explor-atory committees active, none of which include the big names in the party who are still mulling runs.

Former vice president Joe Biden ap-pears to have the most support in polling among the party and aligns with the cur-rent theme of older potential presidents; the Scranton native is 76, while Trump is 72, and the progressive hero Bernie Sand-ers is 77.

Sanders took the country by storm in 2016 and was admired by many who seek a “political revolution,” one which they might have a better chance of nding when taking into consideration the events of the current administration.

Throughout the past few decades,
the elected president has swung like a pendulum back and forth. If a Republican

candidate is elected, a Democrat comes next, or vice versa. With Sanders’ fanbase in 2016 just as passionate as Trump’s, you never know what can happen.

Many of those fans also support Beto O’Rourke, who came out of almost no-where and nearly defeated Republican Ted Cruz in Texas.

Let that one sink in, and it will show just how popular O’Rourke, who was recently interviewed in Times Square by Oprah

herself, could be on a national scale.
But none of those guys are running yet,

so let’s focus on who is.
Cory Booker’s name has been oated

for years as a potential presidential can-didate, and the senator from New Jersey has of cially thrown his name into the hat. Former housing secretary Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren, another popular candidate among progressives, will also seek the nomination in an election which will certainly feature a record number of female candidates in search of a nomina-tion across the board.

In the Democratic party alone, ve women have already declared their inten-tions to run.

Kamala Harris, former attorney general of California, is currently the polling leader in a straw poll of democratic activists. Tulsi Gabbard was the rst American Samoan and rst Hindu member of Congress but may be harmed by previous views against the LGBTQ community. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and “spiritual author and counselor” Marianne Williamson have also announced their candidacies.

Despite the great deal of impressive to semi-interesting candidates, it certainly ap-pears that the fate of everyone’s candidacy

revolves around Hillary Clinton.
While there have been no of cial an
-nouncements from her camp, reports in

The Wall Street Journal and other sources have said that the infamous former First Lady has a desire to throw her name back into the hat. With the Democratic National Committee appearing to favor Clinton in 2016, this becomes very dangerous for any Democratic candidate as well as anyone who wants to vote Trump out.

With so many potential candidates ranging on just about every scale of the party, the Democrats must be careful to not end up with another situation like 2016. While they will likely remain lucky in the facet of third parties not gaining much steam, the party will need to build on its momentum from the 2018 midterms, in which they won control of the House, and ensure they do their due diligence in the many debates which will begin this sum-mer.

The fate of their party, and the fate of the country, could depend on it.

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