How Many Democrats Have Already Dropped Out Of The 2020 Presidential Field?

Those who decided to run in the 2020 presidential race made a few assumptions about how their campaigns would likely play out. One of those assumptions was, at least in part, based on how the previous Republican race played out in 2016. With quite a few people to choose from, potential candidates were up and down and all around in the polls. But that isn’t what happened in the Democratic race for the White House this year.

While Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders have all grappled for those top three spots, polls have remained mostly unchanged since they announced their candidacies. Those who have struggled to pull themselves up from the bottom have basically failed to gain any real momentum.

That’s led quite a few to drop out of the race already: Mike Gavel, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jay Inslee, John Hickenlooper, Seth Moulton and Eric Swalwell will no longer be seeking the nomination.

Many of those who dropped out hadn’t qualified for the upcoming debates, which will now be held with only a single group during one night. Others said their decisions were based on what they can do for their country now when a run for the presidency would likely only amount to wasted time and resources.

Many of these drop-outs will seek reelection to past offices where they can prevent Republicans from gaining office.

One of the biggest names on the list was that of Gillibrand, who said, “A woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting. [But] I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.”

And then there’s one of the biggest underdogs on the list, Inslee, who said, “I’m going to help all the other candidates raise their level of ambition on [climate change.] We need all of them to raise their game.”

Inslee was the only candidate who made the entire campaign about the challenges we face when trying to avert climate change disasters, but his arguments failed to persuade the people — and the DNC has refused to hold a climate change debate.

Candidate Joe Biden still remains the strongest contender in the race, but many have argued his policies are too moderate to guarantee (or even make likely) his election in a progressively left-leaning party. 

If Sanders or Warren were to drop out of the race before the primary season begins, many political analysts wonder whether or not the tide would begin to shift against Biden. Supporters of the former two candidates know they have similar policies, so it makes sense that they would flip to the other side rather than lend their support to Biden, who has consistently been maligned for his age and failing performance.