The Rushmore Report: 20 Possible Presidential Candidates for 2020

Now that the 2016 presidential election is on the books, it’s time for the next one – 2020. Sure, after an especially divisive and vitriolic election, many Americans are looking for a break from politics. But for the ambitious, as well as those aggrieved by last November’s results, the next presidential election is around the corner. We have whittled down the crop of contenders. Here are our top 20 candidates, in alphabetical order.


John Bel Edwards – Louisiana governor

Bill de Blasio – New York City mayor

Cory Booker – New Jersey senator

Sherrod Brown – Ohio senator

Julian Castro – former secretary of housing and urban development

Andrew Cuomo – New York governor

Russ Feingold – former Wisconsin senator

Tulsi Gabbard – Hawaii U.S. representative

Kamala Harris – California senator

Tim Kaine – Virginia senator

Amy Klobuchar – Minnesota senator

Joe Manchin – West Virginia senator

Thomas Perez – Democratic Party chair

Bernie Sanders – Vermont senator

Tom Steyer – San Francisco billionaire

Jon Tester – Montana senator

Elizabeth Warren – Massachusetts senator

Tom Wolf – Pennsylvania governor


Ted Cruz – Texas senator

John Kasich – Ohio governor

About the Author

James Pindell writes for The Boston Globe.

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