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The road to the US presidential elections: the remaining Democratic candidates

We look at the candidates still in the race to become the Democratic nominee for November's election

The road to the White House is under way but not without drama.

The Iowa caucuses were thrown into disarray last week as Indiana's Pete Buttigieg declared victory due to his state delegate haul from Iowa’s equivalent of the Electoral College, a process that has come under heavy criticism, while Bernie Sanders won the popular vote.

Bernie Sanders has now won the New Hampshire primary solidifying himself as the Democratic front-runner, with Pete Buttigieg coming in second, and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar in third place.

The remaining candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to run for the US presidency and now turn their attention to the Nevada caucuses on February 22.


Democrats still in the running

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. The 38 year old served as a naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan and worked as a consultant at management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Mr Buttigieg, a long shot at the start of the race, would be the youngest and first married gay president if elected. He would also be the first candidate to go from a mayoral office to the presidency.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a well known independent US Senator from the New England state of Vermont. The 78 year old has campaigned on a democratic-socialist platform, which gained significant traction during the 2016 Democratic primaries, when he ran against Hillary Clinton.

His policy agenda includes various progressive proposals, many of which have been embraced by the progressive bloc of the Democratic Party, like expanding healthcare, broadening the social safety net and making higher education free.

He has attracted a huge following, and comes under consistent attack from many other Democrats and Republicans. He is believed to have catalysed a progressive movement in the party.

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is the first female US Senator for Massachusetts, serving since 2013.

She was formerly a law school professor specialising in bankruptcy law, and was appointed as assistant to former President Barack Obama and special adviser to the Treasury secretary in order to launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

She was also appointed to a congressional oversight panel overseeing the $700 billion Trouble Assets Relief Programme that was passed in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden is the former US vice-president, serving as the 47th vice president from 2009-2017 under the Obama administration. Biden, 77, is a former US Senator for the state of Delaware which he represented for 26 years. This is his third presidential campaign after he passed on a 2016 run.

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is the first female US Senator from the state of Minnesota. The 59-year-old American lawyer and has served in the US Senate since 2006. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota's affiliate of the Democratic Party.

Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer, whose net worth reached $1.6 billion this year according to Forbes, has operated as a funding force in Democratic politics in recent years, bankrolling candidates and organisations that promote liberal causes, including the impeachment of US President Donald Trump.

The 62-year-old Californian has spent the past three successive election cycles spending more than $100 million supporting Democratic candidates.

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg was a Democrat before switching party registration to run for office in New York City. He was the former Republican mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013.

The 77-year-old billionaire has a new-worth surpassing $60 billion, and is the owner of Bloomberg LP, a global financial services, software, and mass media company.

He officially entered the race for the Democratic nomination on November 24 saying that his sole purpose was defeating Mr Trump.

He has portrayed himself as a moderate against progressive projects such as "Medicare for All" but with extensive experience and campaign funds to put toward key Democratic issues such as climate change and gun control.

Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard is a the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress. The 38 year old served in the Hawaii Army National Guard and is a Iraq War veteran. She is a US Representative and sits on the House Armed Services Committee. She met Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in 2017 and believes in ending US intervention and involvement in wars.

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts, serving from 2006-2015. The 63 year old announced a late-entry into the race for the Democratic nomination in November 2019. Mr Deval has previously served as US assistant attorney general for the civil rights division in the Bill Clinton administration.

Mr Patrick is likely to concede defeat and end his campaign after only receiving 0.4 per cent of the vote share with 86 per cent of the vote in New Hampshire counted.


Fallen Democratic candidates after New Hampshire

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang is the son of Taiwanese immigrants. He grew up in New York state and attended Brown University and Columbia Law School.

The 45-year-old former attorney and entrepreneur launched Venture for America, a fellowship programme that aims to connect recent grads with startups, and on creating jobs in cities struggling to recover from the Great Recession.

He wants to give all Americans a universal basic income of $1,000 per month to address economic inequality.

He pulled out of the presidential campaign after the New Hampshire primary as with 86 per cent of precincts reporting, Mr Yang had only garnered 2.8 per cent of the vote.

Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet is a US Senator from the state of Colorado. The 55 year-old former superintendent of Denver Public Schools has served in the US Senate since 2009. The politician has a progressive voting record. Mr Bennet was forced to hold off on entering the Democratic race following a diagnosis and subsequent treatment for prostate cancer in April 2019.

He pulled out of the Democratic presidential campaign after the New Hampshire primary because he barely gained 0.3 per cent of the vote with 86 per cent of the vote counted in New Hampshire.

Updated: February 12, 2020 12:53 PM



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