The Democratic field for the 2020 presidential race is getting a little crowded.
For most candidates, there’s more folks running in the primary than they’ll ever see at a campaign stop, and more are signing up by the day.
As of Monday morning, 209 candidates have filed to run for president under the Democratic Party, according to the Federal Election Commission, though the vast majority have virtually zero chance of gaining momentum.
Currently, the party’s frontrunner in national polls, former vice president Joe Biden, hasn’t publicly announced whether he plans to take on Trump in 2020, while other top contenders are going out of their way to stand out from the crowd.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren swigged a beer in a livestream while discussing her rise to political stardom, while others including Sens. Corey Booker and Kamala Harris are dangling legal marijuana to court millennial voters.
All leading Democratic candidates also support the socialist transformation outlined in the Green New Deal, a cornucopia of far left polices including government run healthcare, taxpayer funded college for all, and government-guaranteed jobs.
The positions of lesser known candidates is unclear, because in February alone 26 new candidates filed to run for president as a Democrat, or nearly one a day. Notable names included Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
But there was also Tyler Barna, of Westerville, New Jersey, and Christopher Dolin, from Greenville, North Carolina.
The most recent filings include John Gilbert, from Beloit, Wisconsin; Wayne Martin Messam, from Miramar, Florida; and Robert Beto O’Rourke, the failed senate candidate and former representative from El Paso, Texas.
Unfortunately for Gilbert and Messam, O’Rourke has millions in a campaign war chest, a massive social media following and a gushing Vanity Fair feature, so he’s in and they’re not.
O’Rourke is among the top six Democrats polling above 5 percent in Real Clear Politics’ average for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination over the last month.
Biden, who hasn’t formally announced his candidacy, is currently leading the field with 29 percent support, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 22 percent, Harris with 11 percent, Warren with 7 percent, Booker with 5.8 and O’Rourke with 5.3.
A national Monmouth poll on March 11 also lists Biden, Sanders, and Harris as the top candidates, followed by Warren, O’Rourke, Booker, Klobuchar, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Julian Castro, President Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
KUTV reports 80 candidates have filed to run for the Republican nomination in 2020, though president Trump is virtually guaranteed to beat them out to run for a second term.