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Democrat Julian Castro poses for a photo at his home in San Antonio, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Castro says he is launching a presidential exploratory committee ahead of a likely White House run in 2020. Castro was the nation’s housing secretary until 2016 and spent five years as mayor of San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
December 12, 2018 - 11:42 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the 44...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally in Bridgeton, Mo. Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events before stepping out of the public eye and holding private deliberations over whether he'll launch another campaign for president. That's according to multiple sources familiar with Biden's thinking. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
December 12, 2018 - 10:46 am
Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. They spoke on the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in Washington. Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP)
December 12, 2018 - 12:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats hope to turn the issue of voting rights into an argument that's just as persuasive to voters in 2020 as health care proved to be in 2018. And there's already competition among likely presidential hopefuls to prove they're the most aggressive in advocating for the right...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers speaks at the Ward 4 building in Milwaukee. Evers said Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. (Meg Jones/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)
December 09, 2018 - 3:14 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Evers said he talked...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 20th Anniversary Gala at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. On Monday, Dec. 4, 2018, Biden said he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president. (Yasmina Chavez/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 12:19 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May,...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photograph, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper talks about his two terms as the chief executive of Colorado in his office in the State Capitol in Denver. Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
December 05, 2018 - 6:50 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a 2020 presidential campaign. Hickenlooper and his staff have interviewed dozens of potential staffers and have hired a pollster and national fundraiser. Hickenlooper isn't expected...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks during an interview at his Statehouse office in Boston. Patrick will soon announce that he will not launch a presidential campaign in 2020, multiple sources confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
December 05, 2018 - 11:46 am
BOSTON (AP) — Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will soon announce he won't launch a 2020 presidential campaign, according to three sources familiar with his plans. They did not say why he decided against a run. A formal announcement was delayed as the country observed a day of...
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference after touring the Paulson Electric Company, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
December 04, 2018 - 9:19 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Iowa on Tuesday that he would do everything he can to make climate change the defining issue of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign, despite resistance in regions of the country that his party would likely...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner is shown in a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Manchester, NH. Lawmakers will decide on Wednesday whether to re-elect Bill Gardner as secretary of state, which oversees elections in New Hampshire. Gardner has held the position for 42 years, fiercely protecting New Hampshire’s place on the primary calendar from other states that want the attention _ and money _ that comes along with being one of the first states to vote for president. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)
December 04, 2018 - 12:32 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire might celebrate 100 years of holding the nation's earliest presidential primary in 2020 without the man long credited with protecting the state's coveted position. If Bill Gardner is ousted this week after 42 years on the job, some worry the state's ability to...
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In this Nov. 27, 2018, photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his new book, 'Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance' in Washington. Sanders is poised to become a dominant force in the Democratic Party’s next presidential primary election should he run. But with his liberal ideology taking hold in the Democratic mainstream, there are signs of cracks in his political base _ even in his own backyard _ as Sanders’ loyalists begin to size up the large number of presidential prospects aligned with their party’s far-left wing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 03, 2018 - 2:16 am
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not...
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