Beto O’Rourke on Thursday became the latest Democrat to announce he’s running for president, joining a field of those either running or considering a White House bid that’s nearly two dozen strong.
O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, gained a national profile during his 2018 Senate race against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke narrowly lost but shattered fundraising records. The 46-year-old will compete against fellow Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
The goal for many is simply to get on the stage in June for the first of a dozen planned primary debates in the 2020 election cycle. Others hope to seize the front-runner mantle and ultimately, perhaps, a sense of inevitability.
But that is a ways down the road. The first voter verdicts will come on Feb. 3, 2020, with the Iowa caucuses.
Here is the MarketWatch list of likely candidates, in no particular order, and the status of their deliberations based on their announcements and reviews of local and national news organizations.
|Name||Age||State of candidacy|
|Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts||69||Running for president|
|Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii||37||Running for president|
|Ex-HUD chief Julián Castro||44||Running for president|
|Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York||52||Running for president|
|Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland||55||Running for president|
|Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America||44||Running for president|
|Sen. Kamala Harris||54||Running for president|
|Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota||58||Running for president|
|Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey||49||Running for president|
|South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg||37||Running for president|
|Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont||77||Running for president|
|Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper||66||Running for president|
|Washington Gov. Jay Inslee||68||Running for president|
|Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas||46||Running for president|
|Former Vice President Joe Biden||76||Has said he’s very close to a decision. Leaning toward running|
|Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado||54||Said he’s seriously thinking about running but is seen as far from any announcement|
|Rep. Eric Swalwell of California||38||Said Feb. 11 he expects to make a decision “soon”|
|Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe||61||Said he is close to making a decision. Has set a March 31 deadline.|
|Montana Gov. Steve Bullock||52||Has said he would not decide until May 1 when the 2019 Montana Legislature concludes|
|New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio||57||De Blasio has made four trips to Iowa and is considering a run. His wife said the ‘timing is not exactly right’ for a bid|
|Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts||40||Says he’s taking a “serious look” at running|
|Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams||45||Says she’s “not going to dismiss it out of hand the way others do.”|