A Guide To The 2020 Elections

Carolina Gonzalez

Who are the Democratic candidates? 

Bernie Sanders, 78

National poll average: 29.5%

Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, officially entered the 2020 Democratic race on February 19, 2019. Along with his 13 years of experience as Senator, Sanders served as a U.S. Representative for the state’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007. As of February 2020, his campaign has raised over 132 million dollars from small donations, and with no support from billionaires.  Sanders is the only openly democratic-socialist candidate.


Pete Buttigieg, 38

National poll average: 10.3%

Pete Buttigieg officially entered the 2020 Democratic race on January 23, 2019. Along with being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012-2020, Buttigieg was also a former naval intelligence officer of the U.S Navy Reserve for eight years. He is known for his progressive Christian ideals and for being the first openly gay candidate to earn presidential primary delegates from a major American political party.


Michael Bloomberg

National poll average: 14.7%

Michael Bloomberg officially entered the 2020 Democratic race on November 24, 2019. He is the co-founder of the software and data company, Bloomberg L.P., and the former New York City mayor from 2002-2013. His primary campaign quickly became the most expensive campaign in history with the total spending exceeding $500 million dollars.


Tulsi Gabbard, 38

National poll average: 2.2%

Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, officially entered the 2020 Democratic race on February 2, 2019. Gabbard is a Hawaii Army National Guard major, as well as a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. After her election as a congresswoman in 2012, she became the first Hindu member of Congress and the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress. She is best known for being an avid supporter of protecting funding for education.


Tom Steyer, 62

National poll average: 2.2%

Tom Steyer officially entered the 2020 Democratic race on July 9, 2019. He is a billionaire hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, and liberal activist. His main focuses include climate change, economic inequality, and education.



Joe Biden, 77

National poll average: 18%

Former vice president, Joe Biden, officially entered the 2020 elections with a campaign video on April 25th, 2019. Prior to being a vice-president for eight years, Biden had decades of experience as a U.S. senator where he was known for his centrist beliefs. As of December 2019, 44 billionaires had donated to Biden’s presidential campaign, making him one of the biggest billionaire beneficiaries in the 2020 race. 


Elizabeth Warren, 70

National poll average: 12.0%

Massachusetts senior senator, Elizabeth Warren entered the 2020 presidential election on February 9, 2019. Prior to serving as a Senator, Warren was a law school professor specializing in bankruptcy law at the University of Texas School of Law and at Harvard Law. In 2014 she became the first female in history to represent Massachusetts in the Senate.


Amy Klobuchar, 59

National poll average: 5.1%

Minnesota senator, Amy Klobuchar, entered the 2020 Democratic race on February 10, 2019. Prior to becoming a politician, she served as a Hennepin County, MN attorney and as a corporate lawyer. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and has served as a U.S. Senator for over 13 years. Her three consecutive re-elections as a Senator have become the driving force of her campaign.



Who are the Republican candidates?

Donald Trump, 73

National poll average: 91.5%

Current President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has been met with lots of support from his fans. With promises of putting a stop to illegal immigration to his demands for the advancement of the American economy, Trump has managed to become a very supported politician. He is one of the few U.S. Presidents who has been elected despite having no military or political background.



Bill Weld, 74

National poll average: 5.5%

Former governor of Massachusetts, Bill Weld, officially entered the 2020 Republican candidate race on April 15, 2019. Prior to serving as a governor, Weld previously served at least seven years as a federal prosecutor, first as U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts from 1981-1986 and then as U.S. assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department from 1986-1988.



How do I know who to support?

It’s important for you to vote for a candidate that you truly support, however, knowing which candidate your beliefs align with the most can be very tricky if you don’t keep up with politics. The website https://www.isidewith.com/ provides users with a 10-15 minute quiz on a variety of topics and in the end, creates a list of which local and presidential candidates their beliefs align with the most. It’s a great tool for people who want to learn more about candidates they could potentially vote for, as it shows how every candidate answered the same questions. OnTheIssues is another great site for people interested in a candidate’s views on specific issues.


What has happened as of now?

As of now, the main events that have occurred are the candidate debates. The last one was televised on February 25th and had Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Tom Steyer. A summary of the main points of the debate can be found here: https://apps.npr.org/liveblogs/20200225-dem-debate/

Voting for the primary elections will be going on in different states from February 4 to June 6.


What are some dates I should watch out for?

March 3rd, 2020: North Carolina primary elections


October 9, 2020: Deadline for voter registration for the general elections

Oct 15, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020: Early voting

Oct 27, 2020: Deadline to request an absentee ballot:

November 3, 2020: Election day


How to get involved and vote

In North Carolina, registration deadlines for elections are 25 days before the actual election. Therefore, people who haven’t registered for the March 7th primary election will not be able to vote. However, for people wanting to register for future elections there are three main ways of registering to vote:

  1. Visit your local Board of Elections during regular business hours and assistance in registering will be provided. 
  2. Download and fill out a voter registration form. Then mail it to your local Board of Elections but keep in mind the election deadline. The North Carolina form can found at this link: NORTH CAROLINA VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION 
  3. Register during a voter registration drive.


What if I can’t vote? Is there any other way I can support?

Yes! There are many ways to support candidates if you cannot vote. This past month Mr. Fortune and Mr. Gregson held a voter registration drive during foundations. I reached out to him and asked what other ways to support were. Here are some ways Mr. Fortune says people to help:

“For those who can’t vote, they can still exercise their rights in a couple of ways. Public or financial support for a candidate can be done at any age. You can also canvas for a candidate or political party. I just urge everyone, don’t believe everything you read online or hear on the street. An election year is a ripe time for misinformation and “fake news” is real.”


For people who are older than 18 and want to help others get to the polls, carpooling through an organization is an excellent way of helping. Organizations like CarpoolVote and DriveTheVote safely connect voters to other people in their area who need a ride to the polls.



March 1st, 2019: Pete Buttigieg has announced that he is officially suspending his presidential campaign.

March 2nd, 2019: Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary elections with 256,111 votes