Most prospects haven’t announced their candidacies. But these indicators can give us clues to who’s thinking about entering the fray.
Have they recently visited Iowa, where the first Democratic contest will be held?
Have they set up a formal committee that allows them to raise and spend money on campaign activities?
Included in polls
Are political pros and the media beginning to take them seriously as candidates?
Recent or upcoming book
Whether a memoir or manifesto on economics, a recent book release can indicate a candidate trying to raise his or her profile.
The playing field
Many Democrats are exploring a possible run, reaching out to donors and gauging interest in their potential candidacy. Here's a guide to who's running, who seems interested and who's dropping major hints.
These potential candidates have some of the highest name recognition and the most buzz coming into the election cycle.
Women of Congress
Several have stated their interest in running for president, but few have officially announced a decision.
Other senators and congressmen
It’s a long leap from Congress to the White House, but that hasn’t stopped many lawmakers from considering a try.
From the states
Outside Washington, several former and current governors are considering whether to jump into the fray.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced his candidacy on Jan. 12, 2019, and former Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. has reportedly thought about running as well.
City Hall leaders
No sitting mayor has been elected president, but that's not holding back these potential candidates.
Can a businessman beat Trump — himself a former businessman?
Sources: Iowa Starting Line, Congress.gov
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