This is a list of major Democratic Party candidates for president. The Democratic Party has existed since the dissolution of the Democratic-Republican Party in the 1820s, and the Democrats have nominated a candidate for president in every presidential election since the party's first convention in 1832. The list is divided into two sections, reflecting the increasing importance of primaries and caucuses following the changes stemming from the McGovern–Fraser Commission.

Only those candidates are included who were major contenders of the primaries and caucuses, and had held significant elective office or received substantial media coverage. Also, all those people are included who received at-least one delegate in the convention.

Candidates

1972-present

List of candidates
Year Candidate Born[a] Experience State Primaries Ref.
Logo Contests won[b] % of delegates
2020 November 20, 1942
(age 77)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Vice President of the United States (2009–2017)
U.S. senator from Delaware (1973–2009)
Candidate for President in 1988 and 2008
 Delaware
Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
46
67.5%
[1]
September 8, 1941
(age 78)
Brooklyn, New York
U.S. senator from Vermont (2007–present)
U.S. representative from VT-AL (1991–2007)
Candidate for president in 2016
 Vermont
Bernie Sanders 2020 logo.svg
9
27%
[2]
June 22, 1949
(age 71)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
U.S. senator from Massachusetts (2013–present)  Massachusetts
Elizabeth Warren 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
0
1.6%
[3]
February 14, 1942
(age 78)
Boston, Massachusetts
Mayor of New York City, New York (2002–2013)
CEO of Bloomberg L.P.
 New York
Mike Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
1
1.5%
[4]
January 19, 1982
(age 38)
South Bend, Indiana
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (2012–2020)  Indiana
Pete for America logo (Strato Blue).svg
1
0.5%
[5]
May 25, 1960
(age 60)
Plymouth, Minnesota
U.S. senator from Minnesota (2007–present)  Minnesota
Amy Klobuchar 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
0
0.2%
[6]
April 12, 1981
(age 39)
Leloaloa, American Samoa
U.S. representative from HI-02 (2013–2021)  Hawaii
Tulsi Gabbard logo.svg
0
0.05%
[7]
June 27, 1957
(age 63)
Manhattan, New York
Hedge fund manager

Founder of Farallon Capital and Beneficial State Bank

 California
Tom Steyer 2020 logo (black text).svg
0
0%
[8]
July 31, 1956
(age 64)
Chicago, Illinois
Governor of Massachusetts (2007–2015)  Massachusetts
Devallogo2020.png
0
0%
[9]
November 28, 1964
(age 55)
New Delhi, India
U.S. senator from Colorado (2009–present)  Colorado
Michael Bennet 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
0
0%
[10]
January 13, 1975
(age 45)
Schenectady, New York
Entrepreneur

Founder of Venture for America

 New York
Andrew Yang 2020 logo.svg
0
0%
[11]
2016 October 26, 1947
(age 68)
Chicago, Illinois
67th
U.S. Secretary of State(2009–2013)
 New York
Hillary for America 2016 logo.svg
34
54%
[12]
September 8, 1941
(age 74)
Brooklyn, New York
U.S. Senator from Vermont

(2007–present)

 Vermont
Bernie Sanders 2016 logo.svg
23
46%
[13]
January 18, 1963
(age 53)
Washington, D.C.
61st Governor of Maryland

(2007–2015)

 Maryland
O
0
0%
[14]
2012 August 4, 1961
(age 51)
Honolulu, Hawaii
President of the United States (2009–2017)  Illinois
Obama2012logo.svg
56
100%
[15]
April 21, 1954
(age 58)
Nashville, Tennessee
Candidate for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district elections in 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2010  Tennessee
John Wolfe Jr. logo 2012 (transparent).png
0
0%
[16]
2008 August 4, 1961
(age 47)
Honolulu, Hawaii
U.S. Senator from Illinois

(2005–2008)

 Illinois
33
72.2%
[17]
October 26, 1947
(age 60)
Chicago, Illinois
First Lady of the United States(1993–2001)

U.S. Senator from New York (2001–2009)

 New York
Hillary Clinton presidential campaign logo, 2008.svg
23
22.9%
[18]
June 10, 1953
(age 55)
Seneca, South Carolina
 U.S. Senator from North Carolina 

(1999–2005)

 North Carolina
John Edwards Campaign Logo.svg
0
0%
[19]
November 15, 1947
(age 60)
Pasadena, California
30thGovernor of New Mexico

(2003–2011)

 New Mexico
Bill Richardson 2008 campaign logo.svg
0
0%
[20]
November 20, 1942
(age 65)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
U.S. senator from Delaware (1973–2009)
Candidate for President in 1988 and 2008
 Delaware
Joe Biden Presidential Campaign Logo 08.svg
0
0%
[21]
May 27, 1944
(age 64)
Willimantic, Connecticut
U.S. Senator from Connecticut

(1981–2011)

 Connecticut
Chris Dodd 2008 campaign logo.svg
0
0%
[22]
May 13, 1930
(age 78)
Springfield, Massachusetts
U.S. Senator from Alaska

(1969–1981)

 Alaska
Mike Gravel 2008 campaign bumper sticker.svg
0
0%
[23]
October 8, 1946
(age 61)
Cleveland, Ohio
U.S. Representativefor Ohio's 10th

(1997–2013)

 Ohio
Dennis Kucinich for President 2008.svg
0
0%
[24]
2004 December 11, 1943
(age 60)
Aurora, Colorado
U.S. Senator

from Massachusetts (1985–2013)

 Massachusetts
John Kerry 2004 president logo.svg
52
98.4%
[25]
June 10, 1953
(age 51)
Seneca, South Carolina
U.S. Senator

from North Carolina (1999–2005)

 North Carolina
John Edwards 2004 campaign logo.svg
2
0%
[26]
November 17, 1948
(age 55)
East Hampton, New York
Former Governor

of Vermont (1991–2003)

 Vermont
Howard Dean 2004 campaign logo.svg
1
0%
[27]
December 23, 1944
(age 59)
Chicago, Illinois
Supreme Allied

Commander Europe (1997–2000)

 Arkansas
Wesley Clark 2004 campaign logo.svg
1
0%
[28]
October 8, 1946
(age 57)
Cleveland, Ohio
U.S. Representative

from Ohio (1997–2013)

 Ohio
Dennis Kucinich 2004 bumper sticker.jpg
0
1%
[29]
October 3, 1954
(age 49)
New York City
Activist and

television host

 New York
Al Sharpton presidential campaign, 2004.png
[
0%
[30]
February 24, 1942
(age 62)
Stamford, Connecticut
U.S. Senator

from Connecticut (1989–2013)

 Connecticut
Joe Lieberman campaign logo 2004.svg
0
0%
[31]
January 31, 1941
(age 63)
St. Louis, Missouri
House Minority Leader

(1995–2003)

 Missouri
Dick Gephardt bumper sticker 2004.gif
0
0%
[32]
August 16, 1947
(age 56)
Chicago, Illinois
Former U.S. Senator

from Illinois (1993–1999)

 Illinois
Carol Moseley Braun 2004 logo.png
0
0%
[33]
2000 March 31, 1948
(age 52)
Washington, D.C.
Vice President of the United States (1993–2001)  Tennessee
Gore Lieberman 2000 logo.svg
56
99.8%
[34]
July 28, 1943
(age 57)
Crystal City, Missouri
U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1979–1997)  New Jersey
Bill Bradley logo.png
0
0%
[35]
1996 August 19, 1946
(age 50)

Hope, Arkansas

President of the United States (1993–2001)  Arkansas
Clinton Gore 96.svg
34
99.7%
[36]
May 15, 1943
(age 53)

Lake City, Minnesota

Republican primary candidate for 1976 United States Senate election in Minnesota  North Dakota
1
0%
[37]
September 8, 1922
(age 73)

Rochester, New Hampshire

Perennial candidate for President in 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 elections.  Virginia
0
0%
[37]
June 29, 1929
(age 67)

Buffalo, New York

Mayor of Buffalo (1978–1993)  New York
0
0%
[37]
1992 August 19, 1946
(age 45)

Hope, Arkansas

Governor of Arkansas(1979–1981, 1983–1992)  Arkansas
Bill Clinton for president 1992 logo.svg
37
78.6%
[38]
April 7, 1938
(age 54)

San Francisco, California

Governor of California(1975–1983)  California
6
13.9%
[39]
February 14, 1941
(age 51)

Lowell, Massachusetts

U.S. Senator

from Massachusetts (1979–1985)

 Massachusetts
Tsongas.gif
9
6.7%
[40]
August 27, 1943
(age 48)

Lincoln, Nebraska

U.S. Senator

from Nebraska (1989–2001)

 Nebraska
Bobkerrey.gif
1
0%
[41]
August 27, 1943
(age 48)

Cumming, Iowa

U.S. Senator from Iowa

(1985–2015)

 Iowa
Harkin1992.gif
3
0%
[41]
February 2, 1945
(age 47)

Chicago, Illinois

Mayor of Irvine, California (1982–1984, 1986–1990)  California
0
0.07%
[42]
1988 Michael Dukakis 1933 Governor MA 31
Jesse Jackson 1941 Minister IL 14
Al Gore 1948 Senator TN 7
Dick Gephardt 1941 Representative MO 3
Paul Simon 1928 Senator IL 1
Gary Hart 1936 F. Senator CO 0
Bruce Babbitt 1938 F. Governor AZ 0
1984 Walter Mondale 1928 F. Vice President MN 21
Gary Hart 1936 Senator CO 26
Jesse Jackson 1941 Minister IL 3
John Glenn 1921 Senator OH 0
George McGovern 1922 F. Senator SD 0
Reubin Askew 1928 F. Governor FL 0
Alan Cranston 1914 Senator CA 0
Ernest Hollings 1922 Senator SC 0
1980 Jimmy Carter 1924 President GA 38
Ted Kennedy 1932 Senator MA 12
Jerry Brown 1938 Governor CA 0
Cliff Finch 1927 Governor MS 0
1976 Jimmy Carter 1924 F. Governor GA 30
Jerry Brown 1938 Governor CA 3
George Wallace 1919 Governor AL 3
Mo Udall 1922 Senator AZ 3
Henry M. Jackson 1912 Senator WA 4
Frank Church 1924 Senator ID 5
Robert Byrd 1917 Senator WV 1
Birch Bayh 1928 Senator IN 0
Lloyd Bentsen 1921 Senator TX 0
Walter E. Fauntroy 1933 Delegate DC 0
Fred R. Harris 1930 F. Senator OK 0
Sargent Shriver 1915 F. Ambassador MD 0
1972 George McGovern 1922 Senator SD 11
Hubert Humphrey 1911 F. Vice President MN 4
Edmund Muskie 1914 Senator ME 3
George Wallace 1919 Governor AL 6
Henry M. Jackson 1912 Senator WA 0
Terry Sanford 1917 F. Governor NC 0
John Lindsay 1921 Mayor NY 0
Walter E. Fauntroy 1933 Delegate DC 1
Shirley Chisholm 1924 Representative NY 0
Eugene McCarthy 1916 F. Senator MN 0

1832-1968

These pre-1972 candidates won at least 10% of the delegates on at least one convention ballot.

List of candidates (1832-1968)
Year Position Name Home[c] Born First
ballot %
Final contested
ballot %[d]
1968 Vice President Hubert Humphrey MN 1911 67.5 -
Senator Eugene McCarthy MN 1916 23.1 -
1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson TX 1908 100 -
1960 Senator John F. Kennedy MA 1917 52.9 -
Senator Lyndon B. Johnson TX 1908 26.8 -
1956 F. Governor Adlai Stevenson II IL 1900 65.9 -
Governor W. Averell Harriman NY 1891 15.3 -
1952 Governor Adlai Stevenson II IL 1900 10.2
Senator Estes Kefauver TN 1903 24.4 22.7
Senator Richard Russell, Jr. GA 1897 21.7 21.3
F. Ambassador W. Averell Harriman NY 1891 10.2 0
1948 President Harry S. Truman MO 1916 75
Senator Richard Russell, Jr. GA 1897 21.6 -
1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt NY 1882 92.4 -
1940 President Franklin D. Roosevelt NY 1882 86.3 -
1936 President Franklin D. Roosevelt NY 1882 100 -
1932 Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt NY 1882 57.7 -
F. Governor Al Smith NY 1873 17.5 16.5
1928 Governor Al Smith NY 1873 77.2 -
1924 F. Ambassador John W. Davis WV 1873 2.8 18.7[e]
F. Sec. of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo CA 1863 39.4 17.5[f]
Governor Al Smith NY 1873 30.4 32.4[g]
1920 Governor James M. Cox OH 1870 12.7 -
F. Sec. of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo CA 1863 25.1 25.5
Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer PA 1872 24.2 0.1
Governor Al Smith NY 1873 10.3 0
1916 President Woodrow Wilson NJ 1856 100 -
1912 Governor Woodrow Wilson NY 1856 29.8 -
Speaker Champ Clark MO 1850 40.5 7.7
Governor Judson Harmon OH 1846 13.6 1.1
Representative Oscar Underwood AL 1862 10.8 0
1908 F. Representative William Jennings Bryan NE 1860 88.7 -
1904 State judge Alton Parker NY 1852 65.8 -
Representative William Randolph Hearst NY 1863 20 -
1900 F. Representative William Jennings Bryan NE 1860 100 -
1896 F. Representative William Jennings Bryan NE 1860 14.7 -
F. Representative Richard P. Bland MO 1835 25.3 1.2
F. Governor Robert E. Pattison PA 18 10.4 10.2
1892 F. President Grover Cleveland NY 1837 67.8 -
Senator David B. Hill NY 18 12.5 -
Governor Horace Boies IA 18 11.3 -
1888 President Grover Cleveland NY 1837 100 -
1884 Governor Grover Cleveland NY 1837 64 -
Senator Thomas F. Bayard DE 1828 27.8 24.8
F. Senator Allen G. Thurman OH 1813 14.4 9.8
F. Speaker Samuel J. Randall PA 1828 10 0.7
1880 General Winfield Scott Hancock PA 1824 23.1 -
Senator Thomas F. Bayard DE 1828 20.8 15.2
Speaker Samuel J. Randall PA 1828 0.8 17.4
F. Representative Henry B. Payne NY 18 11 0
1876 Governor Samuel J. Tilden NY 1814 54.4 -
Governor Thomas A. Hendricks IN 1819 19 11.5
General Winfield Scott Hancock PA 1824 10.2 7.9
1872 F. Representative Horace Greeley NY 1811 93.7 -
1868 F. Governor Horatio Seymour NY 1810 0 -
F. Representative George H. Pendleton OH 1825 33.1 0
Senator Thomas A. Hendricks IN 1819 0.7 45.9
General Winfield Scott Hancock PA 1824 10.5 32.6
President Andrew Johnson TN 1808 20.5 1.3
F. Lt. Governor Sanford E. Church NY 1815 10.7 0
1864 General George B. McClellan NJ 1826 77 -
F. Governor Thomas H. Seymour CT 1807 16.8 -
1860 Senator Stephen A. Douglas IL 1813 57.7 -
F. Sec. of the Treasury James Guthrie KY 1792 14.1 26[h]
Senator Robert M. T. Hunter VA 1809 16.7 6.3[i]
1856 F. Sec. of State James Buchanan PA 1791 45.8 -
President Franklin Pierce NH 1804 41.4 0
Senator Stephen A. Douglas IL 1813 11.1 41.2
1852 F. Senator Franklin Pierce NH 1804 0 -
Senator Lewis Cass MI 1782 39.2 0.7
F. Sec. of State James Buchanan PA 1791 31.4 0
F. Sec. of War William L. Marcy NY 1786 9.1 0
Senator Stephen A. Douglas IL 1813 6.8 0.7
1848 Senator Lewis Cass MI 1782 49 -
Sup. Court Justice Levi Woodbury NH 1789 10 0
Sec. of State James Buchanan PA 1791 10 0
1844 F. Speaker James K. Polk TN 1795 0 -
F. President Martin Van Buren NY 1782 54.9 0
F. Sec. of War Lewis Cass MI 1782 31.2 10.9
F. Vice President Richard Mentor Johnson KY 1780 9 0
1840 President Martin Van Buren NY 1782 100 -
1836 Vice President Martin Van Buren NY 1782 100 -
1832 President Andrew Jackson TN 1767 100 -

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ Age provided is the age at the subsequent Convention.
  2. ^ The number of state and territorial primaries won by the candidate.
  3. ^ Home state or territory.
  4. ^ Percent of delegates won on the final contested ballot, before shifts. A "-" indicates that there was only one contested ballot.
  5. ^ The 1924 convention required 103 ballots to determine the nominee; this column represents the 100th ballot.
  6. ^ The 1924 convention required 103 ballots to determine the nominee; this column represents the 100th ballot.
  7. ^ The 1924 convention required 103 ballots to determine the nominee; this column represents the 100th ballot.
  8. ^ The 1860 convention required 59 ballots over two conventions to determine the nominee after Southern delegates walked out; this column represents the 57th ballot, when the first convention adjourned.
  9. ^ The 1860 convention required 59 ballots over two conventions to determine the nominee after Southern delegates walked out; this column represents the 57th ballot, when the first convention adjourned.

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