Donald Trump’s likely challengers in the 2020 US presidential election – Donald Trump’s America
As we tick over into 2019, the next US presidential election now all of a sudden feels a lot closer.
She is expected to be just one in a crowded list lining up to try and stop the Republican President winning a second term.
So, who are the names to look out for?
Vice-president under Barack Obama, Joe Biden has been at the top of early polls on who the Democrats prefer.
His intentions on whether he will run aren’t clear yet but he will have to make a decision soon as campaigning heats up and donations are sought.
Mr Biden has had two previously unsuccessful attempts at the presidency — in 1988 and 2008.
Bernie Sanders came surprisingly close to winning the Democratic nomination in 2016. (Reuters: Mike Segar)
The 77-year-old Vermont senator was considered a long shot when he challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 election.
But he went on to win 23 of the primaries and caucuses and 43 per cent of pledged delegates in a surprisingly close contest.
Known for his progressive policies and appeal with younger voters, Senator Sanders hasn’t made any firm commitments but is considering his options.
It’s important to remember that although Senator Sanders has sought Democratic nominations, he is actually an independent.
If Hillary Clinton runs it would be her third bid for the White House. (AP: Patrick Semansky, file)
The former secretary of state and the Democrats nominee at the last election isn’t being seriously talked about as a contender.
But late last year despite saying she did not want to make a third run for the White House, she also added “I’d like to be president”.
Elizabeth Warren is the latest Democrat to talk of a 2020 run for president. (AP: Michael Dwyer)
Senator Warren, who has represented Massachusetts since 2013, is known for taking on Wall Street and trading barbs with Mr Trump.
She is a self-described defender of the ordinary American against powerful interests and was one of Mr Trump’s fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential race.
Mr Trump mockingly refers to Senator Warren as “Pocahontas” because of her claim to Native American ancestry.
Senator Warren, 69, has formed an exploratory committee, which will allow her to begin raising money to compete in the Democratic primary field, but still has not decided whether she will actually run.
Senator Kamala Harris is a former attorney-general of California and became just the second African-American woman to serve in the US Senate when she took up her place in January 2017.
She has been spending big on social media advertising and, in a classic sign of an impending presidential run, is about to release a memoir.
The 54-year-old, who hit the headlines for her tough questioning of Mr Trump’s supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh and former attorney-general Jeff Sessions, has also been visiting states that hold early nominating contests.
Julian Castro was the youngest mayor of any of America’s 50 biggest cities. (Reuters: Jessica Rinaldi )
Housing secretary under Mr Obama, Julian Castro has also already formed an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential 2020 run and is expected to confirm next week whether he will proceed.
The former mayor of San Antonio has said he is “likely” to run and his twin brother, also a Democratic politician, said he was confident Julian would stand.
The 44-year-old is seen as a rising star in the Democratic party.
The billionaire former New York mayor says he is not sure yet if he is going to run but will likely decide this month or next.
Michael Bloomberg has been both a Republican and Democrat but has recently re-registered as a Democrat and says that is the party he will run for if he is to chase the presidency.
The 76-year-old media company founder, who also contemplated a 2016 run, has made clear his plans to get climate change front and centre of the 2020 contest regardless of whether he stands.
Who else is being talked about?
Kirsten Gillibrand was involved in a well-publicised spat with Donald Trump in 2017. (Reuters: Yuri Gripas)
Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator from New York and former lawyer, is being touted as a contender but may be on the outer with some influential Democrats after she said Bill Clinton should have resigned over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Ms Gillibrand also made headlines in late 2017 when Mr Trump was accused of “slut shaming” her after she urged him to resign as he faced accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
African-American senator Cory Booker from New Jersey has delivered some major speeches recently and frequently features in lists of potential Democratic candidates for 2020.
Beto O’Rourke could also be a challenger after making a name for himself when he almost pulled off a stunning defeat of Texas senator Ted Cruz in last year’s midterm elections on the back of record fundraising numbers.
What about Michelle Obama?
Michelle Obama is often asked if she has presidential ambitions. (AP: Charles Sykes, Invision)
The former first lady released her memoir Becoming late last year and it took just 15 days for it to become the highest-selling book published in the US in 2018.
But despite her popularity, Ms Obama has repeatedly said she has no intentions of running for president.
Any celebrities in the running?
After Oprah Winfrey‘s inspiring “new day” speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, social media lit up with hashtags like #Oprahforpresident.
Reports said she was thinking about running, but just a few weeks later she put an end to the speculation saying a presidential tilt was “not something that interests me”.
Rapper Kanye West has also talked on numerous occasions about running for president.
After initially floating the idea at an MTV awards function in 2015, West’s most recent line is that he is serious about running but not until 2024.
Could Trump also be challenged by Republicans?
John Kasich was the last person to quit the 2016 Republican nomination race. (Reuters: Jim Bourg)
Yes, but there have been few successful primary challenges to an incumbent president.
Although if Mr Trump was seriously challenged in a primary, history shows he would be unlikely to then win the general election.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, a vocal Trump opponent and the last standing challenger to Mr Trump in 2016, is one name that often comes up in talk of other Republican contenders.
When is the election?
The presidential election will be on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
The winner is then scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.