The Strategist

2020 US presidential election: More than 500 candidates

01/23/2019 - 11:43

Former California Attorney General, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, officially announced that she was going to run for the presidency of the United States in 2020. She became the first female candidate for presidency of African American descent. In addition to her, eight prominent Democratic politicians have already announced their intentions to take part in the presidential race. The total number of registered candidates for the highest post in the country has already reached 500 persons.

Lars Plougmann via flickr
Lars Plougmann via flickr
Democratic senator Kamala Harris announced her decision on Monday on the morning show of the ABC channel Good Morning America. In a short video posted on social networks by her campaign headquarters, the senator urged her supporters to join her “in the fight for our common future,” stating that she intends to fight “injustice and xenophobia”. In her opinion, they have become “main America’s problems” in the two years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

54-year-old Kamala Harris became the first African-American woman to join the fight for the presidency. Her father was from Jamaica, her mother was an immigrant from India, but, according to the senator, skin color is no longer a decisive factor for American voters, especially after the presidency of Barack Obama. “We need to trust the public more. Our voters are significantly smarter than many politicians,” she said, stressing that the number of racially motivated crimes and incidents in the United States had increased significantly during the Donald Trump presidency.

Mrs. Harris was first elected to the US Senate in 2016 and was considered one of the “rising stars” of the Democratic Party. However, according to the latest data from the research portal RealClearPolitics, now she is not among the most popular Democratic politicians. Moreover, the competition is high. As The New York Times noted, it seems that "half of the Democratic Party is thinking about participating in the fight for the White House."

Eight prominent Democratic politicians have already announced their presidential ambitions. Among them, in addition to Senator Harris, are three women: Member of the House of Representatives from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard, Senator from New York State Kirsten Gillibrand, and Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren. The latter became widely known after public quarrels with President Donald Trump, who ridiculed her statements about the senator's "share of Indian blood."

In addition to female politicians, former housing minister in the Barack Obama administration, former mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro, former Maryland congressman John Delaney, former West Virginia legislator Richard Ojeda and businessman Andrew Young filed official documents with the Federal Election Commission. Creation of the so-called committees for nomination of their candidacies was also announced by Democratic Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

American political analysts believe that in the near future, former Vice President Joe Biden, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, ex-Governor of Montana Steve Bullock and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti can also declare their intentions to take part in the presidential campaign of 2020. Former head of Starbucks Howard Schultz considers a possibility of participation in the election race, too. Another eight Democratic politicians, including the ex-mayor of New York, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, have not refuted rumors about possible nomination. Judging by the official statements, they are trying to assess their chances of winning the upcoming race.

According to observers, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, who replaced her as US Secretary of State, will refuse to participate in the elections. Republicans have not officially nominated any known candidates.

According to the Federal Election Commission of the United States, the number of officially registered candidates for the highest post in the country has almost reached 500. According to the laws of the United States, any resident of the country over 35 can apply for the presidency if they were born in the United States and lived in country at least 14 years. After the cost of the presidential campaign exceeds $ 5 thousand or this amount is donated to the candidate’s electoral fund, the latter is obliged to formally submit documents about his nomination to the Federal Election Commission. By January 20, 471 candidates submitted such documents. The list includes 143 Democrats, 64 Republicans, 18 libertarians and 10 candidates from the Green Party. The rest are independent candidates or supporters of other parties. Among them is the candidate from the US Communist Party, inventor of Super Flex adhesive tape Phil Swift.