Many potential presidential candidates have been on the rise as the 2020 election cycle heats up. The following is a list of those who are challengers to Trump in the upcoming election, from the least threatening to those who pose a serious danger to Trump’s second term.
17. John Delaney
A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland, Delaney announced his bid for the presidency on July 28, 2017, making him the first Democrat to officially announce their intention of running in 2020. He has been frequently referred to as a moderate, although he concedes that he does not fit into a specific political identity and that he spans from a completely progressive, liberal end of the spectrum to a more moderate “solutions-oriented” one. Although Delaney launched his campaign at such an early date in order to gain name recognition, he is one who will soon drop from the radar (if he was ever on it to begin with) and does not pose a threat to other candidates.
16. Beto O’Rourke
Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke lost his bid to unseat Senator Ted Cruz in 2018 and has since been on the hunt for the same level of attention he received for nearly defeating Cruz. He has a very meandering strategy, lacking a truly coherent policy vision or proposition—other than his recent social media stardom—that would justify entering a race teeming with many talented candidates. O’Rourke earned a moment of notability during a Democratic debate in September when he voiced his views on gun control (the only issue he has paved a clear view on) when he blurted “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!” but is otherwise a throw-away candidate.