Presidential Elections 2020

The winner of the 2020 presidential election will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.

For the latest information about presidential candidates entering the race, see Presidential candidates, 2020.

Presidential Candidates

Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day. He crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the Republican nomination, 1,276 delegates, on March 17, 2020.

His re-election campaign has focused on the economy, jobs, immigration, and foreign policy. Trump described his platform, which he named America First, during his inaugural address: "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs."

In his first two years in office, two U.S. Supreme Court justices were confirmed, the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, and Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

During his presidency, Trump has issued seven vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

Donald Trump's running mate is Michael Richard Pence, an  American politician, and lawyer serving as the 48th vice president of the United States, since 2017. He previously served as the governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017 and a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.

"If we don’t do anything stupid on November 3, you are going to have the greatest economic year we’ve ever had. That will be next year. If the Democrats gain power, then the rioters will be in charge and no one will be safe and no one will have control. Joe Biden is not the leader of his party. Joe Biden is a helpless puppet of the radical left, and he’s not radical left. I don’t think he knows what he is anymore, but he was never radical left, but he’s controlled by the radical left, and now he’s really controlled." 

Donald Trump (June 2020)

Joe Biden

Joe Biden is a former Democratic vice president of the United States. alongside President Obama, he helped to implement the Recovery Act – the biggest economic recovery plan in the history of the nation and the strongest commitment to clean energy and he helped secure the passage of the Affordable Care Act. He announced that he was running for president on April 25, 2019.

With a plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign. Biden's election campaign has focused on key issues, such as healthcare and climate crisis. 

Biden framed his campaign as a challenge to President Donald Trump (R). "I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation—who we are—and I cannot stand by and watch that happen," he said.[5]

Biden represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009 before serving as vice president under President Barack Obama (D) from 2009 to 2017. Biden's vice presidential running mate will likely be announced before the Democratic National Convention scheduled for mid-August. Joe Biden's running mate is Kamala Harris, a California senator "who is the first woman of color to join a major party’s national ticket." Ms. Harris was the San Francisco district attorney from 2004 to 2011, and the California attorney general from 2011 to 2017. In her presidential campaign last year, Kamala Harris pitched herself as a history-making candidate who could appeal to both progressives and moderates. Her policies sought incremental, targeted results, particularly focusing on historically marginalized groups like women, people of color, and low-income Americans.

"We’re in a battle for the soul of America. It’s time to remember who we are. We’re Americans: tough, resilient, but always full of hope. It’s time to treat each other with dignity. Build a middle class that works for everybody. Fight back against the incredible abuses of power we’re seeing. It’s time to dig deep and remember that our best days still lie ahead.”

-Joe Biden (April 2019)

Jo Jorgensen

Jo Jorgensen is the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nominee. She was nominated at the Libertarian National Convention on May 23, 2020, becoming the first woman to lead the party's presidential ticket. Her running mate is entrepreneur and podcaster Jeremy "Spike" Cohen.

Jorgensen framed her campaign as an alternative to Democratic and Republican policies she said created trillion-dollar deficits and led to involvement in expensive and deadly foreign wars. "Big government mandates and programs created these problems. To solve them, we need to make government smaller – much, much smaller," her campaign website said.

Jorgensen was the Libertarian vice presidential nominee in 1996. Jorgensen's running mate is Jeremy "Spike" Cohen, an American entrepreneur, activist and podcaster.


"I am glad that the voters will finally have a real choice because the non-choice between Trump and Biden is still an option between big government and more big government.”

-Jo Jorgensen (May 2020)

Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins is the 2020 Green Party presumptive presidential nominee. He clinched the nomination on June 21, 2020, after winning more than 176 delegates across Green Party primaries and caucuses. 

The centerpiece of Hawkins' campaign is his proposal for an ecosocialist Green New Deal, which includes an economic and environmental program.

His campaign website describes the two programs: "The Economic Bill of Rights will finally fulfill President Roosevelt’s 1944 call upon Congress to develop programs to secure basic economic human rights for all. The Green Economy Reconstruction Program will not only build a 100% clean energy system by 2030 but will reconstruct all economic sectors for ecological sustainability, from agriculture and manufacturing to housing and transportation."

Hawkins was the Green Party nominee for governor of New York in 2010, 2014, and 2018. His running mate is veteran and labor activist Angela Nicole Walker.

"We can't wait on Trump, the racist incompetent, or Biden, the neoliberal hawk, to fight for the needs of the working-class. We need our own political voice! We need our own independent power! We need an #EcosocialistGreenNewDeal!”

-Howie Hawkins (June 2020)

Source: Ballotpedia; NY Times