Andrew Yang was the most prominent candidate for the Democratic nomination to drop out of the race recently, but more contestants have called it quits. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and former Congressman John Delaney, who joined the race as early as 2017, have also buried their campaign dreams.
With former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg joining the already crowded field in the end of November, The New York Times now counts 9 major candidates for the Democratic nomination.
As the debate rules have gotten stricter (only five candidates have so far qualified for the ninth DNC debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb 19), many presidential hopefuls have dropped out of the race. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) ended his campaign in January after not having qualified for the sixth and seventh debates, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is continuing her run despite also having left the debate stage for good in November.
On the Republican side of things, there is only noteworthy candidates challenging President Donald Trump left. Former governor of Massachusetts, William Weld, is the challenger with the backing of the Libertarian National Committee. Former Republican congressman and 2010 tea party supporter Joe Walsh, who entered the race in August, has also dropped out after a poor finish in the Iowa caucus.
Trump filed for a 2020 run on Jan 20, 2017, the day of his inauguration, according to the Federal Election Commission.