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Factbox: More than 20 Democrats, two Republicans vie for presidential nomination


Added 05-14-19 01:10:03pm EST - “The largest Democratic field in the modern U.S. political era is competing for t...” - Reuters.com

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The largest Democratic field in the modern U.S. political era is competing for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

The diverse group of more than 20 vying to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee, includes seven U.S. senators. A record six women are running, as well as black, Hispanic and openly gay candidates who would make history if one of them becomes the party’s nominee.

Some candidates are beginning to gain traction. Others are still looking for their chance to break through.

Here are the Democrats who are ranked in the top eight in the RealClearPolitics national polling average.

The leader in polls on Democratic presidential contenders, Biden waited until late April to enter the race - launching his bid by taking a direct swipe at Trump. Biden, 76, who served eight years as vice president under President Barack Obama and 36 years in the U.S. Senate, enters in the middle of a Democratic debate over whether a liberal political newcomer or a centrist veteran is needed to win back the White House. Biden relishes his “Middle-Class Joe” nickname and touts his working-class roots.

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