It’s almost election time once again and with the impending voting day comes new candidates. This time around, there are a few more surprises than the average presidential election. With a record number of women and minority candidates in the run for president as well as new trends in the makeup of voters, there are already precedents set more than a year before any voting takes place.
The breakup of the candidates running in this election is flipped compared to the last. In 2016, the Republicans started with 17 candidates in the run while the Democrats had only six. This year, 18 Democrats have declared their decision to run while so far only two Republicans have done so.
Of the 18 Democrats running this year, The Washington Post ranks the top five in this order: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Sen. Sanders is likely hoping for an even better run than his 2016 campaign, during which he lost to Hillary Clinton in the primaries.
The two Republicans that are in the running for 2020 are current Pres. Donald Trump and former Gov. William Weld. There may soon be more candidates, with New York Times listing Gov. Larry Hogan and former Gov. John Kasich as potential candidates. As the current president, Trump has an advantage over the others. Goldman Sachs economists estimate five to six percentage points of the popular vote go to the incumbent president as stated on NBC.
The primary debates will begin later this year. Many news channels and websites will provide coverage of both parties’ debates. The Democratic National Convention has prohibited FOX News from hosting any of its debates, however, with its chairman stating, “[. . .] FOX News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.” FOX will still provide coverage of the Republican debates.
After the debates, primary elections will be held to determine the candidate to represent each party. Voting for the presidential election will be held on Nov. 3, 2020. Although there’s still more than a year before voting begins, this election is already proving to be interesting.