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Well, candidates are coming out of the woodwork, so I figure it's about time to make this thread. The 2020 election is still over a year away, but the primary season will be starting in earnest in the next few months, so we may as well talk about who's up for the prize.MOD'S NOTE: READ BEFORE POSTING - This is your in-thread warning
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Last Updated by Pikochu: July 22, 2019
The Republican Party is a right-wing and majority socially conservative party, which also has large and influential right-wing populist and libertarian wings. It is the party of the incumbent President, Donald Trump, who is aligned with the right-populist wing. Trump's policies and personal manner have proven historically unpopular, and there is significant opposition to Trump within his own party, which both serve to undermine the typical advantages of incumbency Trump would otherwise enjoy.
- Donald Trump: Incumbent President, from Florida. Trump has been campaigning almost since the last election, seeking to hold his base intact amidst historic unpopularity. Trump trails in most polls, but he did in 2016 as well, and he will look to the Midwest to win him the Electoral College, as it did the first time. The core policies of his campaign are essentially his greatest hits: his still-unbuilt border wall, "better deals," and nationalism.
Current results by first-place finishes.
Current delegate totals:
The Democratic Party is a center-left and majority social liberal party, with significant progressive, social democratic, and centrist wings, as well as a conservative wing with outsized influence.
- Joe Biden: US Senator (1973-2009) and Vice President (2009-2017), from Delaware. Biden is running as a centrist and a bipartisan unifier who can win over moderate Republicans and appeal to working class voters who swung for Trump in 2016. Biden's record on busing, crime, and debt have become issues for his campaign, as well as his history of inappropriately touching women and his own apparent deteriorating mental health.
Results by popular vote winner.
The Libertarian Party is a center to center-right party which ideologically identifies with right-wing libertarianism, which emphasizes the importance of free-market capitalism and limited government interference. With previous standard-bearer Gary Johnson declining to run again, and former Vice-Presidential candidate Bill Weld seeking the Republican nomination, the Libertarians have no frontrunner.
- Max Abramson: New Hampshire state representative (2014-2017, 2019-present): One of the only Libertarian legislators in the country. His campaign is focused on electing down-ballot Libertarians, as well as ending American wars and cutting the national debt.
- Lincoln Chafee: Senator (1999-2007) and Governor (2011-2015) of Rhode Island, officially from Wyoming for campaign purposes. Chafee is positioning himself as a moderate libertarian with an emphasis on opposition to war.
- Adam Kokesh: Activist, from California
- Vermin Supreme: Activist and perennial candidate, from Massachusetts
- John McAfee: Businessman and computer programmer, from Tennessee
- Arvin Vorha: Former Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, from Maryland
- Dan Behrman: Activist, from Nevada.
- Souraya Faas: Member of the executive committee of the Miami-Dade Republican Party, from Florida.
- Jacob Hornberger, from Virginia.
- Jo Jorgensen, from South Carolina
current results by first-place finishes.
The Green Party is a center-left to left-wing party which promotes ecosocialism, a fusion of socialism and environmentalism, and is generally supportive of environmental causes. The Green New Deal started life as a Green policy which has since gone mainstream.
- Dario Hunter: Member of the Board of Education of Youngstown (2016-present), Ohio
- Ian Schlakman: Former co-chair of the state Green Party and candidate for Governor (2018) of Maryland
- Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry: Activist, from California
- Howie Hawkins: Green Party co-founder, from New York
- Dennis Lambert: US Army veteran, from Ohio.
- Roland Aranjo: Author, from Arizona.
current results by first-place finishes
Socialist Action Candidates
Socialist Action is a far-left communist party in the Trotskyist tradition. Socialist Action runs electoral campaigns not to win but to raise class consciousness and perform political education work.
- Jeff Mackler: Socialist Action national secretary and 2016 nominee for President, from California.
Bread and Roses Candidates
Bread and Roses is a somewhat unorthodox left-wing party founded in 2018. Describing itself as "socialistic" rather than socialist, Bread and Roses is best described as libertarian socialist.
- Jerome Segal: Party founder, from Maryland.
Reform Party Candidates
The Reform Party is a populist, protectionist, and reformist party originally formed by supporters of Ross Perot's 1996 presidential campaign. While once a viable force in American politics, it has since fallen out of favor as populism has risen in the Republican Party.
Constitution Party Candidates
The Constitution Party is a right-wing, paleoconservative Party formed to protect what it views as constitutional rights and traditional values.
- Don Blankenship: Coal executive, from West Virginia
American Solidarity Nominee
The American Solidarity Party is a centrist party which identifies ideologically with Christian democracy, which entails liberal to progressive economic policies but conservative social policies.
- Brian T. Carroll: Teacher, from California/
Prohibition Party Nominee
The oldest third party still active in the United States, the Prohbition Party opposes the sale and consumption of alcohol, supporting a reinstatement of prohibition, expanded to include all non-medical drugs. In addition, the party supports various paleoconservative, right-wing positions.
- Connie Gammon: Historian, from Tennessee. Running mate: Phil Collins (not the musician), from Nevada
Party for Socialism and Liberation Nominee
The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a communist party organized on Marxist-Leninist lines. One of the most prominent communist organizations in the United States, the PSL advocates anti-imperialism, socialism, and self-determination to "internally colonized" peoples, such as black Americans and Native Hawaiians.
- Gloria La Riva: PSL candidate 2008 and 2016, from New Mexico. Running mate: Leonard Peltier, American Indian Movement activist, from North Dakota
- Mark Charles: Activist, from Washington DC.