As the Democratic presidential hopefuls make their final pitches in Iowa, just four contenders have consistently polled above the key level of 15% support in surveys focused on the Hawkeye State.
But the party’s 2020 field is still relatively large ahead of the voting on Monday in Iowa, with 11 politicians seeking the nomination after former Maryland Congressman John Delaney dropped out Friday.
In explaining his exit, Delaney’s presidential campaign said the long-shot contender didn’t have enough support to get to 15% in a large number of Iowa caucus precincts, but he did have enough backing to “cause other moderate candidates to not to make the viability threshold,” and he didn’t want to “make it harder for those like-minded candidates.”
At Iowa’s caucus locations on Monday, voters will be able switch to another candidate if they first back a candidate who doesn’t get at least 15% support in an initial tally.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are the four 2020 Democrats who have consistently gotten at least 15% support in Iowa polls. Sanders has been leading in those surveys just ahead of Monday’s voting, but Biden is still No. 1 in most national polls.
The Democratic Party’s pool of White House hopefuls has contracted from its original size of more than two dozen, but other contenders have made late entries. Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally launched his campaign on Nov. 24, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick entered on Nov. 14, and billionaire investor Tom Steyer announced his run in July.
The other Democrats seeking to take on President Donald Trump in November are Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
After the Iowa caucuses, the Democrats’ focus will shift to the New Hampshire primary and beyond, as candidates aim to pick up the 1,885 delegates to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination.
Here is the MarketWatch list of contenders and the status of their candidacies, based on their statements:
|Name||Age||State of candidacy|
|Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams||46||Said Aug. 13 that she’s not running for president.|
|Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado||55||Running for president.|
|Former Vice President Joe Biden||77||Running for president.|
|Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg||77||Running for president.|
|Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey||50||Was running for president, dropped out Jan. 13.|
|Montana Gov. Steve Bullock||53||Was running for president, dropped out Dec. 2.|
|Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg||38||Running for president.|
|Ex–HUD Secretary Julián Castro||45||Was running for president, dropped out Jan. 2.|
|New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio||58||Was running for president, dropped out Sept. 20.|
|Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland||56||Was running for president, dropped out Jan. 31|
|Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii||38||Running for president.|
|Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York||53||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 28.|
|Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel||89||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 6.|
|Sen. Kamala Harris of California||55||Was running for president, dropped out Dec. 3.|
|Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper||67||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 15.|
|Washington Gov. Jay Inslee||68||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 21.|
|Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota||59||Running for president.|
|Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam||45||Was running for president, dropped out Nov. 29.|
|Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts||41||Was running for president, dropped out Aug. 23.|
|Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas||47||Was running for president, dropped out Nov. 1.|
|Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick||63||Running for president.|
|Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio||46||Was running for president, dropped out Oct. 24.|
|Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont||78||Running for president.|
|Former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania||68||Was running for president, dropped out Dec. 1.|
|Tom Steyer, billionaire investor and activist||62||Running for president.|
|Rep. Eric Swalwell of California||39||Was running for president, dropped out July 8.|
|Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts||70||Running for president.|
|Marianne Williamson, author and activist||67||Was running for president, dropped out Jan. 10.|
|Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America||45||Running for president.|