Six Democratic presidential hopefuls are preparing to square off Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, in the first debate of the year, but the 2020 field is still a dozen strong with the primary season set to begin.
Twelve Democrats are vying for the party’s nomination, with the Iowa caucuses less than a month away. The field shrank by one on Monday as Sen. Cory Booker suspended his campaign, saying he didn’t have the money to build a winning operation. His exit followed author Marianne Williamson, who dropped out on Friday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the pack in national polls, though Sen. Bernie Sanders and ex–South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg outrank him in surveys focused on Iowa, which has a critical role thanks to its first-in-the-nation caucuses. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has dropped to fourth in the Iowa polling, and she also has lost ground in national polling, giving up the No. 2 spot to Sanders. Late Friday, Sanders scored the top spot in a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll.
The Democratic Party’s pool of White House hopefuls has contracted from its original size of more than two dozen, but other contenders have made late entries. Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally launched his campaign on Nov. 24, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick entered on Nov. 14, and billionaire investor Tom Steyer announced his run in July.
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Steyer last week became the sixth candidate to qualify for Tuesday night’s debate, where he will join Biden, Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren on stage.
The other Democrats seeking to take on President Donald Trump in November include entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
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After the Iowa caucuses, The Democrats’ focus will shift to the New Hampshire primary and beyond, as candidates aim to pick up the 1,885 delegates to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination.
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Here is the MarketWatch list of contenders and the status of their candidacies, based on their statements:
|Name||Age||State of candidacy|
|Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams||46||Said Aug. 13 that she’s not running for president.|
|Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado||55||Running for president.|
|Former Vice President Joe Biden||77||Running for president.|
|Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg||77||Running for president.|
|Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey||50||Was running for president, dropped out Jan. 13.|
|Montana Gov. Steve Bullock||53||Was running for president, dropped out Dec. 2.|
|Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg||37||Running for president.|
|Ex–HUD Secretary Julián Castro||45||Was running for president, dropped out Jan. 2.|
|New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio||58||Was running for president, dropped out Sept. 20.|
|Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland||56||Running for president.|
|Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii||38||Running for president.|
|Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York||53||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 28.|
|Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel||89||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 6.|
|Sen. Kamala Harris of California||55||Was running for president, dropped out Dec. 3.|
|Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper||67||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 15.|
|Washington Gov. Jay Inslee||68||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 21.|
|Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota||59||Running for president.|
|Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam||45||Was running for president, dropped out Nov. 29.|
|Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts||41||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 23.|
|Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas||47||Was running for president, dropped out Nov. 1.|
|Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick||63||Running for president.|
|Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio||46||Was running for president, dropped out Oct. 24.|
|Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont||78||Running for president.|
|Former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania||68||Was running for president, dropped out Dec. 1.|
|Tom Steyer, billionaire investor and activist||62||Running for president.|
|Rep. Eric Swalwell of California||39||Was running for president, dropped out July 8.|
|Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts||70||Running for president.|
|Marianne Williamson, author and activist||67||Was running for president, dropped out Jan. 10.|
|Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America||44||Running for president.|