What’s Up with the 2020 Election?

The 2020 United States presidential election may seem far away as it is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020; but candidates are beginning to kickstart their campaigns, and potential voters are tuning in to what each individual’s stances are. Voters will select a presidential candidate who will either be a new president and vice president, or reelect the current incumbents, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Here’s everything you need to know about what the 2020 election is panning out to be: 

Our current Republican President Donald Trump is eligible to run for re-election in 2020, and has declared that he plans to do so. His re-election campaign has been ongoing since his victory in 2016, as he has been traveling the nation holding rallies encouraging the public to ‘Keep America Great!’ as a response to his 2016 campaign slogan, ‘Make America Great Again!’ Because Trump is the current incumbent, he and his running mate Mike Pence will most likely be the Republican Nominee for the 2020 election. The only official challenger against the Trump Administrator is the former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Weld, who was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for vice president in 2016, is considered a long shot as his libertarian views on political positions like abortion rights, gay marriage, and marijuana legalization conflict with traditionalist conservative positions. 

After Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic Party has been seemingly hopelessly searching for a new leader who can reclaim executive positions. In the 2016 election, the Democratic Party had a challenging time balancing their values between centrists like Clinton, and democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders; and these conflicts are continuing as new candidates emerge. 

There is certainly no shortage of Democratic Candidates running for the nominee in 2020. As of September 2019, there are twenty two candidates hoping to lead the Democratic Party to victory. 

But, who are the Democratic Candidates? First, we have Michael Bennet, a Senator from Colorado who is running with a priority of reforming education. Next, former Vice-President and Senator of Delaware, Joe Biden, running on his legacy of the Obama Administration. Third, Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey and Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, prioritizing reversing climate change. Steve Bullock, the former Governor of Montana, is hoping to enact his financial reform. Running to redesign our ‘broken political system,’ Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana is the youngest candidate to ever run for president at age 37. Julián Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the Obama Administration hopes to transfer his previous political ideology into the oval office. Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio is running his campaign based on anti-gun legislation. U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and John Delaney, are both basing their campaigns on instituting universal health care. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris,and Amy Klobuchar, three U.S. Senators, are running their campaigns on social justice rights focussing on the needs of the impoverished and underrepresented in our communities. Mayor of Miramar, Florida, Wayne Messam, plans to implement “more realistic” economic policies. Tim Ryan, Beto O’Rourke, and Seth Moulton,and Joe Sestak, all U.S. Representatives, are basing their campaigns on a variety of economic plans. Notorious Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, is running for the second time on democratic socialist economic policies like universal health care and living wages; much like Senator Elizabeth Warren. Marianne Williamson, author, Andrew Yang, entrepreneur, and Tom Steyer, hedge fund manager, are all shocking the public due to their lack of experience in politics. 

Through all of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary’s ups and downs, former Vice President Joe Biden has consistently outpaced the field in the polls. He has led nearly every survey at both the national and early nominating state level. After his support dipped in early June, he has regained stability for weeks. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders closely following Biden’s lead. Even Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg are gradually rising in general support. 

Iowa polling chart August 2019.1566312874544

At the end of the day, republican or democrat, it is everyone’s responsibility to vote if they are eligible. Encourage those around you to register to vote, and use your right to vote for pursuing policy and legislative change. Each month we will focus on a single candidate who stood out the month prior and have small recaps of other major candidates. 

By Maggie Di Sanza

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